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Parkes electorate reaps rewards from $11.8 million aerodrome upgrade program

New lighting, fencing and navigation technology is the key feature of upgrades to 31 airstrips in regional New South Wales funded under Round 4 of the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the funding was part of the Australian Government’s announcement in the 2015-16 Budget of $33.7 million over four years to fund upgrades for remote community airstrips across Australia.
“The tyranny of distance is a way of life for many of our most remote communities, and safe and functioning airstrips are often the only reliable means of transport for freight and urgent services,” Mr Chester said.
“These airstrip upgrades will ensure that residents throughout rural, regional and remote New South Wales have continued access to essential health care services including emergency medical evacuations as well as improved access to work and education opportunities.
“Having access to fresh food and water, and indeed access to communities hundreds of kilometres away, is an underappreciated fact in many cities, but for residents in remote communities it is essential. Given smaller aircraft often service these communities, simple measures such as providing a smooth runway or keeping wildlife away can make all the difference in a safe landing.”
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the funding was critical to keeping communities throughout the electorate connected to vital services.
“Many people living in cities may not be aware of the importance of these airstrips in connecting people living in remote communities,” Mr Coulton said.
“These upgrades will include a range of upgrades to airstrips, including the replacement of a boundary fence at White Cliffs aerodrome, runway resealing and the replacement of solar lights at Menindee aerodrome, and a range of lighting upgrades across other aerodromes.
“The Royal Flying Doctor Service was the funding applicant for the majority of approved projects, highlighting the importance of these upgrades to the local community in ensuring essential health services continue.”

 

Airstrip upgrades in the Electorate of Parkes Applicant

State

Aerodrome

Project

Cmth Funding $ (GST exc)

Central Darling Shire Council

NSW

White Cliffs

Replace boundary fence

$56,500.00

Central Darling Shire Council

NSW

Menindee

Reseal sealed runway. Replace solar lights

$63,636.36

Royal Flying Doctor Service

NSW

Blantyre Station

Install lighting

$7,500.00

Royal Flying Doctor Service

NSW

Bushley Station

Install lighting

$7,500.00

Royal Flying Doctor Service

NSW

Clifton Downs Station

Install lighting

$7,500.00

Royal Flying Doctor Service

NSW

Emmdale Roadhouse

Install lighting

$7,500.00

Royal Flying Doctor Service

NSW

Goodooga

Install RNAV and Lighting

$42,500.00

Royal Flying Doctor Service

NSW

Grasmere Station

Install lighting

$7,500.00

Royal Flying Doctor Service

NSW

Kayrunnera Station

Install lighting

$7,500.00

Royal Flying Doctor Service

NSW

Klondyke Station

Install lighting

$7,500.00

Royal Flying Doctor Service

NSW

Lake Cargellico

Install RNAV and Lighting

$42,500.00

Royal Flying Doctor Service

NSW

Mazar Station

Install lighting

$7,500.00

Royal Flying Doctor Service

NSW

Monolon Station

Install RNAV and Lighting

$42,500.00

Royal Flying Doctor Service

NSW

Mount Arrowsmith

Install lighting

$7,500.00

Royal Flying Doctor Service

NSW

Packsaddle

Replace existing lights

$7,500.00

Royal Flying Doctor Service

NSW

Reola Station

Install lighting

$7,500.00

Royal Flying Doctor Service

NSW

Tandour Station

Install lighting

$7,500.00

Royal Flying Doctor Service

NSW

Tero Creek Station

Install lighting

$7,500.00

Royal Flying Doctor Service

NSW

Theldarpa Station

Install lighting

$7,500.00

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