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Price urges Durack communities to apply for remote airstrip funding in Round Six

Round 6 of the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program is now open and Federal Member for Durack and Minister for the Environment Melissa Price urges Durack remote communities to apply for funding to upgrade their local airstrip.

“The funding recognises the challenges remote communities face in accessing the services they need, particularly during the wet season,” Minister Price said.

“Every resident in this electorate knows how important good transport links are to keep this community thriving.

“That is why this program is so important and I would urge anyone seeking to upgrade their local airstrip to apply under Round 6, and begin preparing their application now,” she said.

“The last round saw 31 projects receive funding across Australia, including three in Durack – at Beacon, Parnngurr and Wyndham airstrips – which shows how important this program is to remote communities, and it would be wonderful to see more projects from this electorate selected under the current round.

“The program is about ensuring remote communities continue to have access to supplies, life-saving medical care, education and employment opportunities.

“The Federal Government is absolutely committed to remote Australia, and we have allocated $28.3 million over four years in the 2018−19 Budget to improve safety and access at airstrips for remote towns,” Minister Price said.

Royal Flying Doctor Service Chief Executive Dr Martin Laverty welcomed the new round.

“The Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program saves lives,” Dr Laverty said.

“It delivers safety improvements such as night lighting or navigation aids for the Flying Doctor to land in health emergencies at otherwise unserviceable airstrips. Our remote Australia health service simply couldn’t operate without this essential funding program.”

Applications for Round 6 are open until 29 November 2018.

Applications can be lodged by owners/operators of remote airstrips including community groups, Indigenous organisations and local governments.

To apply, visit www.business.gov.au/raup.

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