Fund­ing avail­able to fix re­mote airstrips

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VI­TAL life­lines across the south-west can now be up­graded with the help of govern­ment fund­ing.

Mara­noa MP David Lit­tleproud has en­cour­aged com­mu­ni­ties to make the most of what is avail­able by ap­ply­ing for Round 6 of the Re­mote Airstrip Up­grade Pro­gramme.

“For many com­mu­ni­ties in the Mara­noa (elec­torate), air ser­vices are es­sen­tial.

“Up­grad­ing this in­fra­struc­ture will help the com­mu­nity be as­sured avi­a­tion safety obli­ga­tions are up-to-scratch and air ser­vices such as the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice, Aus­tralia Post, freight and other air trans­port ser­vices can con­tinue to meet lo­cal needs.

“Projects for airstrip up­grades can in­clude build­ing an­i­mal-proof fenc­ing, pave­ment re­pairs, lev­el­ling and up­graded light­ing,” he said.

“Th­ese up­grades are im­per­a­tive, par­tic­u­larly when it comes to med­i­cal evac­u­a­tions at night and the haz­ards that live­stock and na­tive an­i­mals pose.”

Ap­pli­ca­tions are open un­til Novem­ber 29, and can be made at www.busi­ness.gov.au/raup

Airstrips in need of re­pairs may be el­i­gi­ble for fund­ing.

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