Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said he is very pleased to announced funding for seven aerodromes in Grey as part of the $41.2 million Regional Airports Program.
Funding has been approved for aerodromes in Orroroo, Quorn, Whyalla, Cowell, Minlaton, Jamestown and Copper Coast.
“This is great news for our regional aerodromes and will enable them to operate safely in all weather and emergency conditions,” he said.
“I have been speaking with the Deputy Prime Minister regularly, advocating for this funding for these aerodromes and the local community and I am pleased the Government has delivered it.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Regional Airports Program would assist the owners of regional airports to undertake essential works, promoting aviation safety and access for regional Australians.
“For our regional communities, the local airport is an essential link to the rest of Australia,” Mr McCormack said.
“The Government is investing in regional airports because we know this infrastructure is key to securing our regional aviation network now and into the post-COVID future.
“We are investing $100 million over four years from 2019-20 to 2022-23 to help owners of regional airports right across Australia deliver safer runways, taxiways and other safety upgrades such as new fencing and safety equipment.”
This funding is in addition to the Federal Government’s total package of support for Australia’s aviation industry of more than $1.2 billion.
For more information on the Regional Airports Program, visit https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/regional/rap.aspx.
Media Contact: Leonie Lloyd-Smith 0417827523 June 12, 2020
Funding has been received for the following locations-
Orroroo– $55,055.00 Fencing and lighting works.
Quorn– $56,750.00 Prevention of wildlife entering the airfield and installing an illuminated windsock, for the 24/7 safe operation of the airfield.
Whyalla Airport- $2,455,000.00 Main runway extensions, new taxiway and apron extensions to separate GA, RPT and RFSD aircraft movements. Cross runway sealing all will improve all weather access and safer entry and egress for GA and RPT and RFDS aircraft. Cross runway all weather sealing will provide much need alternative for RFDS and reduce aircraft damage from loose gravel
Cowell- $291,739.00 Aerodrome runway sealing upgrade Main airstrip sealing works are proposed to improve all weather access – for in particular RFDS-and to reduce aircraft damage from the loose gravel surface and improve 24/7 access.
Minlaton $825,000.00 Airstrip upgrade Upgrading Minlaton Airstrip from a gravel runway to a sealed bitumen runway (along with associated line markings and other infrastructure) will improve the safety for landing aircraft used by the RFDS and other aeromedical/emergency services operators.
Jamestown- $20,500.00 CFS Water Bombing Access Upgrade: Sealing of the taxiing and refuelling areas of the aerodrome will improve the efficiency and safety for firefighting aircraft.
Copper Coast- $104,000.00 (located between the towns of Kadina, Wallaroo and Moonta, SA) critical infrastructure improvements: The project is to reseal general taxiways, aircraft parking and the aerodrome’s emergency services section, as well as carrying out other flood mitigation works.