THE HON CATHERINE KING MP
Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport
THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Member for Lingiari
22 September 2011
Residents living in the remote Northern Territory community of Kaltukatjara (Docker River) now have a safer airfield for access to food, mail, medicine and other supplies, following a $240,698 upgrade provided by the Gillard Government’s Remote Aviation Infrastructure Fund.
Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport, Catherine King, said the upgrades will help secure access to the Kaltukatjara community, currently only reachable by four wheel drive and chartered flight.
“As locals would know, Kaltukatjara is around 670 kilometres south west of Alice Springs – it’s a community that uses bore water and diesel power generators.
“They need air services to transport medicine, health specialists and essentials many other communities take for granted,” Ms King said.
The Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon said the improvements that have been made will equip the region with safer, more reliable access to vital air services.
“The work we’ve done in Kaltukatjara will enable the airfield to meet the Regular Public Transport standard, now required for aerodromes serviced by the Remote Air Service Subsidy Scheme,” he said.
The Kaltukatjara airfield upgrade include:
filling in ‘scours’ on the runway strip;
clearing silt from the culvert under the taxiway;
replacing the windsock and pole; and
repairing the perimeter fence.
To assist with providing more remote airstrip infrastructure upgrades, the Gillard Government allocated an additional $26 million in the 2011-12 Budget, taking the total commitment to $43 million over three years to 2013.
For Ms King: Peter Dwyer 0409 866 054
For Mr Snowdon: Marcus Butler 02 6277 7820