Wednesday, 27 May 2020

The Federal Government is better connecting remote communities with vital air services, with six projects in North Queensland electorate sharing in $9 million of funding under the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program.

Townsville-based Queensland Senator, Susan McDonald, said the upgrades will help local communities maintain access to essential goods and services, many of which can only come by air.

“Airstrips at Doomadgee, Normanton, Karumba and Burketown in the Gulf, Dajarra near Cloncurry, and Canobie 620km west of Townsville will all share in this crucial funding,” she said.

“Improvements include new linemarking, new lighting, new weather stations, security measures, resealing, covered areas, and general repairs and maintenance.

“Upgrades like this mean that residents will have improved connectivity to regional centres and increased access to essential services.

“I am looking forward to working with these remote communities to ensure we deliver the essential airstrip works they need, and there will be more funding rounds announced shortly.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said funding under the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program will enhance the safety and accessibility of aerodromes in remote areas and improve delivery of essential goods and services including health care.

“We are investing in the future of regional communities by delivering better and safer access for regional Australians needing to travel,” Mr McCormack said.

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Kevin Hogan said the upgrades, being funded across Australia, would make remote airstrips safer and more accessible in all conditions.

“Eligible projects can include upgrading runway surfaces, stormwater drainage, runway lighting and animal proof fencing,” Mr Hogan said.

For more information on the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program, visit