Some of Australia’s most remote communities will be better connected to vital supplies, transport and medical services thanks to the Federal Government’s Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program.
Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals’ Leader and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the (RAUP) program was about improving the safety and accessibility of airstrips across remote Australia to better connect communities to the services they need to survive and thrive.
“For many Australians living in remote communities, airstrips are needed to get essential supplies, mail deliveries and potentially lifesaving medical services, as well as connect with education and employment opportunities and travel long distances,” says the Deputy PM.
And, under program funding round 5, Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council was awarded amongst the nation’s highest funding, with $975,000.00 invested to support safety works including; new fencing, runway extension, sealed runway and emergency power generators.
Mayor Aileen Addo says the Council worked hard to secure the support, “and we are always extremely excited to welcome investment in our region”.
“The funding will improve safety and access to Mapoon aerodrome, ensuring residents remain better connected to the essential services they need,” says Cr Addo.
Royal Flying Doctor Service Chief Executive Dr Martin Laverty says the remote Australia health service simply “couldn’t operate without this essential funding program”.
“Safety improvements such as night lighting or navigation aids for the Flying Doctor to land in health emergencies at otherwise unserviceable airstrips are of huge importance… the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program saves lives,” explained Dr Laverty.
Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council CEO Ms Naseem Chetty says the organisation is “making big moves to support local indigenous residents”.
“At Council, we are driving change and working hard to strengthen the region, we are in an exciting space and moving in the right direction,” says Chetty.
“It is important for all communities to have great transport links and even more so here, in the pristine Mapoon region, where our local airstrip is a crucial piece of community infrastructure.”
For many Australians living in remote communities, airstrips are needed to get essential supplies, mail deliveries and potentially lifesaving medical services, as well as connect with education and employment opportunities and travel long distances.
The aerodrome safety works are set to commence shortly.