$275k funding to increase safety of rural airstrips
CENTRAL Highlands airstrips will receive safety upgrades with a share in $9 million as part of the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program.
The $275,000 funding boost will enhance Capella and Dingo airstrips in a bid to better connect remote communities with vital air services.
Federal Member for Flynn, Ken O'Dowd said the upgrades would help local communities maintain access to essential goods and services.
"Fencing at these Aircraft Landing Areas are currently obsolete and unserviceable, exposing all users to the risk of wildlife strikes," he said.
"Mobs of kangaroos and cattle are a common site on the runways."
Mr O'Dowd said the funding would be used to construct wildlife proof fencing around the airstrips in order to manage the wildlife.
"Following installation of wildlife fencing, the safety of all users and aircraft will be significantly improved, providing a reliable facility for delivery of services to Capella and Dingo areas," he said.
"Upgrades like this mean that Flynn residents will have improved connectivity to regional centres and increased access to essential services.
"I am looking forward to working with Capella and Dingo to ensure we deliver the essential airstrip works they need."
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Kevin Hogan said the upgrades would make remote airstrips safer and more accessible in all conditions.
"Eligible projects can include upgrading runway surfaces, stormwater drainage, runway lighting and animal proof fencing," Mr Hogan said.