Airstrip set for upgrade
February 15, 2017
Wiluna airstrip will get a $372,000 upgrade as funding has come through for a new round of the Remote Airstrip Upgrade program.
A new stock-proof perimeter fence will be installed around the area, while the runway will be resheeted and bitumen-sealed and the taxiway widened from 3m to 18m. Member for Durack Melissa Price said people living in cities may not be aware of how important regional airstrips were to connecting remote communities.
The program will be rolled out over the next four years, with a $33.7 million total budget.
Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester said Australia's "tyranny of distance" was a way of life for many people in remote communities and safe, functional airstrips were the only reliable means of transport for urgent services.
"These airstrip upgrades will ensure residents have continued access to essential health-care services including emergency medical evacuations as well as improved access to work and education opportunities," he said.
"Having access to fresh food and water ... is essential."
The round-four roll-out also includes a $200,000 upgrade to Fitzroy Crossing airstrip.
Source: Midwest Times.