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28 January, 2022

Funding to improve remote airstrips

OWNERS and operators of remote aerodromes can now apply for funding to improve their facilities.

The Australian Government has released guidelines for Round 9 of the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program which aims to enhances the safety and accessibility of aerodromes in remote and very remote areas of Australia. 

Eligible owners or operators of existing aerodromes in remote or very remote areas of Australia can apply for a grant of between $5,000 and $3 million under the program. 

Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said anyone who lived in a remote community understood how important local airstrips were. He said the additional funding would be welcome news for Cape York and Torres Strait communities. 

“I encourage eligible owners and operators in Cape York and the Torres Strait to familiarise themselves with the program guidelines ahead of applications opening early next month,” Mr Entsch said. 

“Cape York and Torres Strait is home to some of the remotest communities in the nation and the local airstrip is quite literally a lifeline to the outside world. They ensure the delivery of supplies and services, facilitate life-saving emergency flights and connect residents to regional centres.” 

Applications open from 3 February and will close on 17 March 2022.

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