• King Island Airport in Tasmania. (Sonya Boadle)
    King Island Airport in Tasmania. (Sonya Boadle)

The Federal Government today announced $15 million in funding under the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program (RAUP)

Fifty-five airports in remote areas around Australia will share in the funding, with all states except Victoria represented in Round 9 of the RAUP.

Among the largest grants are $1.5 million for reseal and surface correction at Fitzroy Crossing in WA, $1.4 million for upgrades and resealing Windorah in QLD, $1.2 million for resealing Snake Bay in NT and $950,000 to lengthen and seal Camooweal, QLD.

“The Albanese Government knows that remote aerodromes make a major difference to the communities they serve, by keeping Australians connected to each other and to critical services such as healthcare, and getting goods in and out in a timely manner," said Assistant Minister for Regional Development Senator Anthony Chisholm.

“This supports quality of life in remote communities, helps remote businesses grow and thrive, and builds opportunity and economic growth across our regions.

“I look forward to seeing the impact this funding will have as projects get underway."

Other projects approved under the RAUP include:

  • $815,000 for Bremer Bay WA for runway works, ambulance transfer station and fencing
  • $783,000 to restore the sealed runway at Rolleston, QLD
  • $714,000 to reshape and resurface the runway and apron at Langarra, NT
  • 314,000 for LED lighting and a PAPI at King Island, TAS
  • $334,000 to replace the surface at Murputja, SA
  • $330,000 for Bourke, NSW, to re-seal the runway.

In all, 11 WA airports, nine in SA, 15 in QLD, 14 in NT, five in NSW and one in TAS will be upgraded under Round 9. Victorian airports generally don't qualify under the definition of remote or very remote.

The Federal Government has now handed out over $100 million in grants covering 449 projects since the RAUP first began.

The full list of successful projects is on the Department of Infrastructure and Transport website.

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