Australian’s living in remote communities in Durack are set to benefit from improved access to basic services and essential deliveries such as food, medicine and mail, as part of projects announced today under the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme.
Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price said that funding of $1.3 million will see the commencement of four upgrade projects to airstrips in Durack.
“Many people living in cities may not be aware of the importance of these airstrips to people living in remote communities,” Ms Price said.
“Not only are these airstrips essential in delivering goods and services, they also connect remote communities with each other and alleviate the tyranny of distance.”
“They provide a reliable means of transport to connect people not only with neighbouring com-munities, but with the rest of Australia.
“I am delighted to see the Australian Government continuing its investment in our community, particularly through key transport upgrades such as this.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the funding was part of the Australian Government’s announcement in the 2015-16 Budget of $33.7 million over four years to fund upgrades for remote community airstrips across Australia.
“Given smaller aircraft often service these communities, simple measures such as providing a smooth runway or keeping wildlife away can make all the difference in a safe landing.”
Remote Airstrip Upgrade Grants
Yakanarra Aboriginal Corporation, Yakanarra – Replace 70 solar batteries and install 2-way radio system.
Mindibungu Aboriginal Corporation, Billiluna -Upgrade of the solar lights on the aerodrome boundary and repair lights on wind sock.
Shire of Carnarvon, Carnarvon – Replace and repair subgrade structure of the airstrip.
LM & MR McQuie &Sons , Bulga Downs Station – Raise runway level, improve drainage and erect fencing.