Regional Airports Are Vital To Isolated Communities

Regional Airports Are Vital To Isolated Communities

Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls

Western Australia Minister for Transport Troy Buswell

Submissions Called For Regional Airport Funding

Victor P Taffa

Local Governments and other Airport Operators in Western Australia are invited to apply for a share of up to $7.46 Million in State Government funding to improve Regional Airport Infrastructure.

Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the Regional Airports Development Scheme (RADS) funding was aimed at improving aviation infrastructure and services to ensure regional airports were developed and maintained to support communities, business and tourism.

“RADS grants are an excellent way to improve regional Flying Doctor access, enhance regional development and help boost tourism. That is why we have significantly boosted the scheme with additional funding of $22 Million over four years from the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program.” Mr. Grylls said.

 

“Successful applicants can use the funds for ‘airside’ Projects such as installing runway lighting, upgrading airstrips and erecting animal exclusion fencing.”

“The grants can also be put towards eligible ‘landside’ improvement projects such as developing terminal buildings, Royal Flying Doctor patient transfer facilities and installing security equipment.” Mr. Grylls said.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell reinforced the scheme’s importance in ensuring Regional Communities had the opportunity to upgrade their Airport Facilities.

“For many isolated communities, Air Services are an essential connection to the outside world.” Mr. Buswell said.

“I urge members of Regional Communities to approach their local authorities if they have a proposal to improve local Aviation Facilities.” Mr. Buswell said.

Submissions are assessed on a number of criteria, including the type of project; benefit to the Community or Region; integration with Airport Master Plans; and environmental management. There is a lower limit of $10,000 for grants, but no upper limit.

Last year, 39 Regional Airport Projects were allocated $6.7 Million for infrastructure upgrades and maintenance Programs to provide improved access for communities, safer emergency evacuations and greater tourism opportunities.

Since 1997, more than $26 Million has been used to leverage funding for projects with a total value of more than $76 Million. Applications close March 1, 2011.

WA Minister for Transport Troy Buswell

WA Minister for Transport Troy Buswell