Hon Dean Nalder BBus GradDip(AppFin&Inv) MLA

Hon Dean Nalder BBus GradDip(AppFin&Inv) MLA

Former Minister for Agriculture and Food; Transport

    Regional airports to share in $3.88 million

    1/07/2016 8:30 AM
    • Regional airport grant applications open for 2017-19
    • 26 regional airports received funding in last grant round 

    Airports across regional Western Australia are invited to apply for the 2017-19 round of Regional Airports Development Scheme (RADS) grants totalling $3.88 million, to help improve airport infrastructure.


    Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the RADS grants provided much needed funds for regional airport projects to help improve regional air services and air safety, as well as promote development for the benefit of regional communities.


    "Funding from RADS grants helps numerous regional airports, some located in the most remote areas in WA, maintain and upgrade their airport infrastructure as well as undertake planning to ensure regional airports continue to meet the economic and community needs in our regions," Mr Nalder said.


    "Since 2008-09, RADS has allocated nearly $36 million to 217 regional airport projects, helping to improve their facilities and airport infrastructure planning."


    The 2017-19 round of funding is available to eligible owners or leaseholders of regional airports that can be accessed by the public.  Applications for grants must provide for common-user transport infrastructure to improve air services and/or air safety for regional communities.


    "The Liberal National Government is committed to ensuring safe and accessible aviation services that meet the transport needs of regional communities across WA.  These grants help make this possible," the Minister said.


    The 2017-19 RADS grants are funded through the Department of Transport. All applications for grants will be assessed by the RADS consultative committee which is made up of representatives from the departments of Transport, Fire and Emergency Services, Planning, Housing, and Regional Development; along with the Royal Flying Doctor Service; and Tourism WA.


    Applications open on Monday, July 4, 2016 and are available for downloading at http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/rads


    Applications close 5pm (AWST) on August 5, 2016. 


    Fact File

    • In the 2015-17 funding round, RADS granted more than $2.9 million to 31 regional airport projects
    • Guidelines for the 2017-19 funding round can be accessed at http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/rads 

    Minister's office - 6552 6400


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