· More than $186,000 in funding has been allocated for upgrades to Springsure and Rolleston airstrips under Round 4 of the Australian Government’s $33.7 million Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme
· The upgrades will improve access to fresh food, medical services, other communities, and work and education opportunities for residents
Springsure and Rolleston residents are set to benefit from improved access to basic services and essential deliveries such as food, medicine and mail as part of two upgrades under Round 4 of the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme.
Federal member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd said the funding was part of the Australian Government’s announcement in the 2015-16 Budget of $33.7 million over four years to fund upgrades for remote community airstrips across Australia.
“The tyranny of distance is a way of life for many of our most remote communities and safe and functioning airstrips are often the only reliable means of transport for freight and urgent services.
“These airstrip upgrades will ensure that local residents have ongoing access to essential services, whether that is the flying doctor or aerial assistance during a flood—a sound investment in our rural towns,” Mr O’Dowd said.
Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Cr Kerry Hayes has also welcomed the funding.
“This is certainly great news for these two small communities. Both airstrips will have the animal-proof fencing restored and improved line-marking on the runways. Rolleston will also have line-marking on the taxiway.
“It’s really pleasing that the Australian Government is investing in small regional communities, particularly through key transport upgrades, and council thanks Mr O’Dowd for his continuing support.”