p>Australians living in some of the Northern Territory’s most remote outback communities are set to benefit from improved access to basic services and essential deliveries such as food, medicine and mail, as part of the Regional Aviation Access Program.
THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Indigenous Health
Member for Lingiari
SENATOR TRISH CROSSIN
Senator for the Northern Territory
Australians living in some of the Northern Territory’s most remote outback communities are set to benefit from improved access to basic services and essential deliveries such as food, medicine and mail, as part of the Regional Aviation Access Program.
Minister for Indigenous Health and Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, said Australian Government funding of $2.1 million will see the commencement of upgrades to ten airstrips, with the first projects kicking off in April.
“The installation of Pilot Activated Lighting, Automatic Weather Information Broadcast systems, improved drainage and runway resurfacing, will assist communities in ensuring the continuation of air services such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Australia Post, freight and other air transport services.”
“For many small communities in the Territory, their airstrip is their most important link to health services and major centres like Darwin or Alice Springs.”
“I know that for people living in remote communities, knowing that the airstrip is there and healthcare, like the flying doctor isn’t far away comes as a great relief for many families,” Mr Snowdon said.
Senator for Northern Territory, Trish Crossin, said connecting remote communities through access to safe, operational aerodromes is a high priority for the Government.
“These aerodromes keep families connected as well as maintaining essential food and education services”.
“I am pleased with the response to the public call for applications, with projects ranging from sealing work at airstrips such as Elliott to the installation of apron lighting at Ramingining.”
“This demonstrates our active and ongoing commitment to improving services to remote communities in the Northern Territory,” Senator Crossin said.
The Australian Government has made a significant investment in remote aviation safety and access in the Northern Territory, with work approved at 36 locations and $10.8 million in funding provided since 2008.
Since coming to office, the Labor Government has delivered a significant investment in remote aviation safety and access, with $29.5 million in funding approved for 181 projects nationally for remote aerodrome upgrades.
For the six years to 2014 the Gillard Labor Government is investing $144 million for Regional Aviation Programs, including $61 million in total for subsidised remote community flights under the Regional Aviation Access Program, compared to the Coalition’s allocation of just $16 million for this purpose over the previous six years.
Editors note: A list of previous Australian Government funded aviation safety and access projects across Northern Territory and a map is attached.
Minister Snowdon: Lidija Ivanovski 0407 108 935
Senator Crossin: Carla Fernandes 0407 619 383