Six airports in Grey will benefit from grants totaling $1.4m under Round 2 of the Australian Government’s Regional Airports Program.
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said the projects would improve safety and the delivery of goods to the region.
“All of the successful airports in Grey are owned and operated by local councils,” he said.
“To have these capital injections into vital infrastructure like local airstrips reduces pressure on ratepayers and frees-up resources for local governments to allocate to other priorities.”
“Every dollar spent on local infrastructure is a dollar well spent and I look forward to working with the community to deliver this vital funding as we continue recovering from the pandemic.”
Airports to receive funding in Grey include
Copper Coast Council will receive $30,000 for certification works to allow for a GPS arrival process to be installed and implemented to allow all-weather landing.
Yorke Peninsula Council will receive $220,000 to reseal and line mark the airstrip.
Port Pirie $300,00 to replace the existing runway lighting with a new LED lighting system.
Port Augusta $320,000 for reseal the apron area and upgrade the runway lighting.
Hawker $298,600 resealing and renewing line marking on the runway, taxiway and apron.
Quorn $231,600 seal the runway, taxiway and apron for all weather use.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the program supports important safety and access upgrades for regional airports.
“For our regional communities, the local airport provides an essential link to the rest of Australia,” Deputy Prime Minister Joyce said.
“That’s why we’ve committed $100 million over four years from 2019–20 to 2022–23 to help owners of regional airports right across Australia deliver upgrades to improve runway and taxiway pavements, install new lighting or fencing.
“These projects will improve the safety of aircraft, operators and passengers, the delivery of goods and services and better meet the operational requirements of aeromedical and other emergency services, including supporting bushfire preparedness.
“This is a great example of our Government backing the aviation industry whilst boosting local economies to help secure a stronger future for these regional areas.”
For a full list of successful projects and more information on the Regional Airports Program, visit gov.au/regionalaviation.
Media contact: Leonie Lloyd-Smith 08 8633 1744 July 29, 2021