3 airports in Mallee will receive a share of $41.2 million under the Australian Government’s Regional Airports Program.
Federal Member for Mallee, Anne Webster said the projects would improve safety to airport users, especially aeromedical crews.
“The successful projects in Mallee all have aeromedical access and safety at their core,” Dr Webster said.
“In Horsham, lighting upgrades will allow for 24/7 access, in Maryborough fencing upgrades will protect aeromedical crew and equipment from wildlife strike.”
“Swan Hill Regional Aerodrome was successful in receiving $1.2 million to perform upgrades allowing larger aircraft, including those used by emergency services access.”
“I have been speaking with the Deputy Prime Minister regularly, advocating for this funding for our 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