AUSTRALIANS living in remote communities in Leichhardt are set to benefit from improved access to basic services and essential deliveries such as food, medicine and mail, as a result of projects announced today under the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the funding was part of the Australian Government’s announcement in the 2015-16 Budget of $33.7 million over four years to fund upgrades for remote community airstrips across Australia.
“These airstrip upgrades ensure communities in Leichhardt have continued access to essential health care services including emergency medical evacuations as well as improved access to work and education opportunities,” Mr Truss said.
“They will help connect residents in Leichhardt through safe passenger air services and ensuring the delivery of essential goods and services.
“Given smaller aircraft often service these communities, simple measures such as providing a smooth runway or keeping wildlife away can make all the difference in a safe landing.”
Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said that funding of $424,000 will enable improvements to 13 airstrips in Leichhardt.
“Many people living in cities may not be aware of the importance of these airstrips to people living in remote communities,” Mr Entsch said.
“Not only are these airstrips essential in delivering goods and services, they also connect remote communities with each other and alleviate the tyranny of distance.
“They provide a reliable means of transport to connect people not only with neighboring communities, but with the rest of Australia.
“I’m very pleased to see the Australian Government continuing its investment in our communities, particularly through key transport upgrades such as this.”
A list of projects funded in Leichhardt can be found below:
|KSN Holdings Pty Ltd||QLD||Bramwell Community Airstrip||Clearing works, upgrade drainage and boundary marking||$24,000|
|Cook Shire Council||QLD||Coen||Re-seal apron and taxiway and line marking||$25,000|
|Torres Strait Island Regional Council||QLD||Badu, Boigu, Erub, Iama, Kubin, Mabuiag, Masig, Mer, Poruma, Saibai and Warraber||Airstrip line marking at 11 airstrips||$375,000|