Mar 20, 2008

Round 2 open for Airstrip upgrades in remote Australia

Round 2 open for Airstrip upgrades in remote Australia

MEDIA RELEASE – The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

20 March 2008

The Australian Government is calling for applications under the second round of its $22 million Remote Aerodrome Safety Program (RASP).

The first round generated widespread interest amongst remote and isolated communities, with a total of 25 aerodromes across the country receiving around $1 million to help improve their safety and accessibility.

I can now confirm that a further $5 million will be made available for: 

  •  Repairing and upgrading runway surfaces; 
  •  Safety equipment such as runway lighting and navigation aids; and
  • Infrastructure such as animal proof fences.

The scheme does not cover works that involve terminals, hangars, buildings or on-airport commercial developments.

Through RASP, the Australian Government is helping to maintain access to air services to the nation’s remote and isolated communities such as essential supplies, mail, passenger transport and medical care like that provided by the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

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

A key feature of the program is the participation of state, territory and local governments.

I look forward to continuing this partnership in Round 2 of the program to deliver on the urgent needs of communities in remote Australia.

Project applications will be assessed through a cooperative process including relevant Australian Government agencies and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Applications must be submitted by Thursday, 24 April 2008.

Application forms, guidelines and further information are available from my Department’s website:

http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/transport/programs/aviation/rasp_programme.aspx