A Morrison Government program to ensure regional communities remain safely connected to people, goods and new opportunities via the skies is open for another round of applications.
Round 2 of the Regional Airports Program is part of the Morrison Government’s commitment to enhancing the accessibility and safety of regional and remote airports and aerodromes across the nation.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the latest funding would continue to assist regional airports to complete essential upgrades.
“Regional airports, especially those in Cape York and Torres Strait, provide a vital link for communities,” Mr Entsch said.
“Airports across Cape York and Torres Strait are critical assets as they facilitate the delivery of essential goods and services such as food supplies, health care and passenger air services.
“Whether it is better and more reliable services and taxiways and runways to connect for business, for holidays, for education or for health engagements in the city, keeping the regions connected via air is vital.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said airport safety and access works were already under way through Round 1 of the program.
He said $41.2 million was approved in June this year towards 61 projects at regional airports.
“We have worked with industry to change the guidelines so that small local government and indigenous corporations with projects of $300,000 or less can now seek funding for 100 per cent of eligible project costs, helping to deliver essential works at a time it is needed most while supporting local employment opportunities,” Mr McCormack said.
Applications for Round 2 will remain open until 15 December 2020, providing communities the time needed to develop strong proposals.
The guidelines are available at https://business.gov.au/rap.