David Littlerpoud MP David Littlerpoud

Remote Airstrip Upgrade Funding Landing Soon

January 19, 2022

The Australian Government has released the guidelines for Round 9 of the Remote Airstrip Upgrade (RAU) Program, which enhances the safety and accessibility of aerodromes in remote and very remote areas of Australia.

Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said anyone who lives in a remote community understands how important local airstrips are to their way of life, with this further funding being welcomed news for Maranoa.

“I encourage eligible owners and operators in Maranoa to familiarise themselves with the RAU Program guidelines ahead of applications opening early next month,” Mr Littleproud said.

“Functioning airstrips are crucial for remote communities.”

“They ensure the delivery of supplies and services, facilitate life-saving emergency flights and connect residents to regional centres.

“The Coalition Government is continuing to invest in the infrastructure these communities and their residents need and deserve. This extra $15 million builds on the $70 million we’ve already committed to support 340 remote airstrip upgrade projects.”

Mr Littleproud believes the positive impacts an effective airstrip can have on regional and rural townships are significant and long lasting.

“Previous RAU projects have demonstrated how this program supports local jobs and delivers vast improvements to remote community air services,” he said.

Eligible owners or operators of existing aerodromes in remote or very remote areas of Australia can apply for a grant of between $5,000 and $3 million.

The guidelines are available from 18 January 2022, with applications open from 3 February 2022. Applications will close on 17 March 2022.

The Government recently announced $15 million for the RAU Program as part of its Aviation Recovery Framework, which is setting Australia’s aviation sector on a course for recovery.

Further details on the program, including Round 9 guidelines, are available on the Business website.