Feb 17, 2010

Remote Aerodrome Safety Program – funding round four opens

Remote Aerodrome Safety Program – funding round four opens

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

February 17 2010

The Rudd Labor Government has opened the final round of applications for funding under the Remote Aerodrome Safety Program.

Through this $22 million program, we are delivering funding to remote and isolated communities to undertake vital safety and access upgrades at airstrips.

So far, we have provided $13.5 million for 116 aerodrome and airstrip upgrades, supporting jobs in remote communities while delivering long-term safety and access improvements.

Today, we are making the remaining $7 million available through the fourth and final round for remote airstrip owners and operators.

Safety and access upgrade projects can include:

  • Repairing, strengthening, sealing and upgrading runway surfaces;
  • Safety equipment such as runway lighting and navigation aids; and
  • Other infrastructure such as animal proof fencing.

The Rudd Government’s funding is helping the nation’s remote and isolated communities maintain access to air services for the delivery of essential supplies, mail, passenger transport and medical care including emergency evacuations and Royal Flying Doctor Service access.

This is particularly important in communities where road access is unavailable, unreliable or disrupted for extended periods due to the wet season.

A key feature of the Remote Aerodrome Safety Program is our partnership with state, territory and local governments.

I look forward to this partnership continuing to deliver on the urgent needs of communities in remote Australia, and increasing the safety of aircraft, operators and passengers using remote airstrips around the country.

Applications must be submitted by Friday 9 April 2010.

Further information: www.infrastructure.gov.au/transport/programs/aviation/rasp/index.aspx