The Federal Government is better connecting remote communities with vital air services with the Grey electorate sharing in $9 million of funding under the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program for remote airstrip upgrades at Mannahill and Balcanoon.
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said the upgrades will help local communities maintain access to essential goods and services.
“The Mannahill War Memorial Hall Incorporated has secured funding for the Mannahill aerodrome which will receive $41,943 following a recent safety inspection report which found the runway lights have reached the end of their serviceable life and need to be replaced,” he said.
“If the aerodrome is to remain available for emergency RFDS night time operations it must be safe and this finding will help ensure services can continue.”
Mr Ramsey said repairs are also required to the wind indicator to ensure correct daytime operation of the windsock and swivel mechanism and to provide night time illumination and also clear vegetation.
Mr Ramsey also welcomed funding of $41,500 toward the construction of a 3.5km animal-proof fence around the perimeter of the Balcanoona Airstrip in Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park.
“This will improve safety for operators, passengers and aircraft to the very remote northern Flinders Ranges in Outback South Australia,” he said.
“Upgrades like this mean that residents in these areas will have improved connectivity to regional centres and increased access to essential services.
“I am looking forward to working with these remote communities to ensure we deliver the essential airstrip works they need.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said funding under the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program will enhance the safety and accessibility of aerodromes in remote areas and improve delivery of essential goods and services including health care.
“We are investing in the future of regional communities by delivering better and safer access for regional Australians needing to travel,” Mr McCormack said.
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Kevin Hogan said the upgrades, being funded across Australia, would make remote airstrips safer and more accessible in all conditions.
“Eligible projects can include upgrading runway surfaces, stormwater drainage, runway lighting and animal proof fencing,” Mr Hogan said.
For more information on the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program, visit https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/regional/raug.aspx.
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May 6, 2020