Two remote aerodromes in the Parkes electorate will be upgraded with $69,281 in funding under Round 6 of the Coalition Government’s Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program.
Member for Parkes Mark Coulton made the special announcement from the Lake Cargelligo airstrip.
“I am very pleased that funding of $19,281 has been allocated to Lachlan Shire Council for a fencing upgrade at the Lake Cargelligo aerodrome,” Mr Coulton said.
“In addition to this grant, funding of $50,000 has been committed to Bourke Shire Council, to reseal the taxiway and apron at the Wanaaring airstrip – more great news for remote communities.
“These vital infrastructure upgrades will help ensure these communities can stay well-connected, and have improved access to the goods and services they rely upon.
“I congratulate the Bourke and Lachlan Shire Councils on their success, and I look forward to seeing the improvements evolve.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the Government is delivering better access and safety upgrades for remote community airstrips thanks to its 2018 Budget commitment of $28 million to extend the program over four years.
“Being connected to regional centres is vital for every remote community and I am pleased to announce that these communities will receive the airstrip work they need,” Mr McCormack said.
“These upgrades ensure continued access to essential health care, as well as fresh food, mail services and access to employment and education opportunities.
“I am looking forward to working with these remote communities to ensure we deliver the essential airstrip works they need.”
A total of $10.1 million has been allocated to 34 projects under Round 6 of the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program. Under the previous round, funding of $65,000 was allocated to the Parkes electorate for upgrades to the Ivanhoe aerodrome.
For more information on the program visit infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/regional/raug.aspx
Photo Caption (L-R): Lachlan Shire Council (LSC) Deputy Mayor Paul Phillips, Member for Parkes Mark Coulton, and LSC Mayor John Medcalf at the Lake Cargelligo airstrip on 21 March, which will be upgraded with funding under the Federal Government’s Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program.