David Littlerpoud MP David Littlerpoud

Maranoa MP: Better Connections Coming to Adavale and Augathella Airstrips

May 6, 2020

Improved accessibility is coming to the Adavale and Augathella airstrips, with a $204,000 Federal Government investment through the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program (RAUP), Maranoa MP David Littleproud said today.

“The $150,000 investment in the Augathella Airstrip will result in a 300 metre extension to the runway which gives more options to essential services,” Mr Littleproud said.

“This will enable the Royal Flying Doctor Service to land its larger fleet of plane in times of emergency and that will provide more reassurance to the Augathella community.

“At the Adavale Airstrip, a $54,000 investment in exclusion fencing will guarantee more efficient take-offs and landings for private aircraft and in times of emergency.

“I am looking forward to working with the Quilpie and Murweh Shire Councils to ensure we deliver the essential airstrip works they need.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said funding under the RAUP 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 https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/regional/raug.aspx.

Across Maranoa, under Round Seven of the RAUP, $729,656 has been invested.

Maranoa-wide projects:


Augathella Airstrip 300 metre runway extension
Aramac Airstrip Reseal Aramac Airstrip
Adavale Airstrip Fencing
Birdsville Aerodrome Rejuvenate airstrip surface and crack seal
Blackall Aerodrome Fencing
Taylors Plains, north of Mungallala Upgrade black soil airstrip to all-weather with a fence, solar lights
Ilfracombe airport Install vermin-proof fencing
Isisford airport Install solar taxi-way lights