Over $3.8 million in grant funding en route to regional airports

  • Regional airports invited to apply for the 2019-21 regional airport grant round
  • McGowan Government committed to connecting regional communities
  • Airport upgrades to boost access, tourism, security and safety in the regions

Regional and remote airports across Western Australia are invited to apply for the 2019-21 round of Regional Airports Development Scheme (RADS) grants, which opened this week.

This round of grants, totalling more than $3.8 million, will provide vital funding to help upgrade infrastructure and safety at regional airports throughout WA.

A total of 29 regional airport projects were granted more than $2.7 million from the 2017-19 RADS funding round.

The projects funded included runway widening and resealing, solar runway lighting, construction of a helicopter landing site, security upgrades and fencing to keep animals off the runway.

The RADS grants are funded through the Department of Transport, with applications for the 2019-21 round closing on Monday November 19, 2018.

For application guidelines, visit https://www.transport.wa.gov.au/RADS

As noted by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

“Remote and regional airports provide essential services to regional communities; they facilitate essential passenger, freight and medical air services and help support social and economic development in our regions.

“Since RADS was introduced, 251 regional airport projects have been granted more than $39 million in funding, helping transform regional airports across WA.

“Sometimes smaller grants, such as runway lighting, means aerial medical services are able to land at night reliably, improving safety of emergency landings and medical evacuations for the community.

“We know that maintaining and upgrading regional airports is an ongoing and often expensive task so access to RADS grants provides much needed funding to assist in upgrades, and improvements to services and safety at these regional airports.”

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