Regional airports will receive a funding injection in another step taken by the Federal Nationals in Government to help Australia’s aviation industry get through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals Leader Michael McCormack said the Regional Airports Program would assist the owners of regional airports to undertake essential works, promoting aviation safety and access for regional Australians.

“For our regional communities, the local airport is an essential link to the rest of Australia,” Mr McCormack said.

“The Government is investing in regional airports because we know this infrastructure is key to securing our regional aviation network now and into the post-COVID future.

“We are investing $100 million over four years from 2019-20 to 2022-23 to help owners of regional airports right across Australia deliver safer runways, taxiways and other safety upgrades such as new fencing and safety equipment.”

The Nationals in Government will work with successful recipients and communities under this round to deliver the funding needed to help support regional Australia’s post-pandemic recovery.

This funding is in addition to the Federal Government’s total package of support for Australia’s aviation industry of more than $1.2 billion.

Projects and grant amounts (excluding GST) include:

  • Merimbula Regional Airport: $4,500,000
  • Port Macquarie Airport: $3,538,260
  • Scone Regional Airport Upgrade: $3,000,000
  • Deniliquin Regional Airport: $2,500,000
  • Tamworth Regional Airport: $1,375,000
  • Armidale Regional Airport: $1,227,000
  • Narrandera-Leeton Airport: $753,775
  • Bathurst Aerodrome: $500,000
  • Narromine Regional Airport: $419,750
  • Kempsey Airport: $327,928
  • Mudgee Airport: $308,220
  • Narrabri Airport: $299,392
  • Dubbo Airport: $250,000
  • Hay Aerodrome: $237,176
  • Inverell Aerodrome: $217,682
  • Gunnedah Airport: $198,000
  • Tumut Aerodrome: $152,984
  • Gilgandra Aerodrome: $83,159

For more information on the Regional Airports Program, visit https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/regional/rap.aspx.