THE HON. WARREN SNOWDON MP
Federal Member for Lingiari
Monday 24 June 2013
Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon has today welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement that applications are now open for the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program.
Remote communities can share in $9.1 million of federal funding for airstrip upgrades.
"In remote communities across the Territory, tens of thousands of people depend on small airstrips to maintain access to essential goods and services. For many it is also a way to connect with family and friends who may be spread out across thousands of kilometres," he said.
"Emergency services, such as the Royal Flying Doctor also rely remote airstrips to reach people in need of care or to evacuate them out from the far flung corners of the NT," he said.
"Last year, 10 remote airstrips across Lingiari received upgrades worth $2.1million.
"This program is another example of the Federal Government’s commitment to Australians in regional and remote areas. It brings the funding for remote aerodrome upgrades to $59.4 million over the 2008-2015 period," Mr Snowdon said.
The $9.1 million will be available on a matching co-funding basis with applicants, with additional funding flexibility for identified priority aerodromes in remote Indigenous communities.
Applications can be made by airstrip owners such as community groups, Indigenous organisations and local governments in remote areas.
Further information on the funding, including guidelines and the application form, is available at http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/regional/index.aspx, via email RAAP@infrastructure.gov.au or call 1300 768 578.
Applications close on Friday 19 July 2013.