Australians living in regional, rural and remote Australia will be better connected with vital air services following a $9 million Federal Nationals in Government’s investment.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said funding under the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program will enhance the safety and accessibility of aerodromes in remote areas and improve the delivery of essential goods and services including health care.

“These airstrips provide access for aero-medical flights, urgent supplies and allow people to travel to regional centres for essential work and appointments,” Mr McCormack said.

“We are investing in the future of regional communities by delivering better and safer access for regional Australians needing to travel.”

Federal Nationals Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the upgrades, being funded across the country, would make remote airstrips safer and more accessible in all conditions.

“I look forward to working with successful recipients and communities under this round and inviting applications for funding under the next round, due for release later in 2020,” Mr Hogan said.

“Eligible projects can include upgrading runway surfaces, stormwater drainage, runway lighting and animal proof fencing.”

Projects to receive funding include the Nyngan Aerodrome, Mungindi Aerodrome, resealing at Tilpa Aerodrome, fencing for Condobolin Aerodrome and improvements to Coonamble Airport.