Eric Charlton

Eric Charlton

Former Minister for Transport

    $2 million to be made available in 1998-99 to assist with development of regional airports in Western Australia

    3/06/1998 12:00 AM



    A total of $2 million will be made available in 1998-99 to assist with the development of regional airports in Western Australia.


    Applications for funds can be made from June 5 until July 17.


    Announcing this today, Transport Minister Eric Charlton said the Regional Airport Development Scheme (RADS) was a successful initiative that was making a significant contribution to social and economic development in country areas of WA.


    "The funding scheme provides for projects ranging from new airstrips to lighting," Mr Charlton said.


    "Projects are funded by grants from RADS, the applicant organisation and other relevant third parties.


    "In addition to this year's allocation, the State Government has committed funding for this scheme through to 2000."


    Previous projects to receive funding have included provision of a new airstrip at Hyden, re-sealing the runway at Derby airport, an emergency strip for the Royal Flying Doctor Service on the NW Coastal Highway at Nanutarra and runway works at Manjimup and Margaret River air strips.


    There are two categories for funding: access projects and regional development projects.


    Submissions are assessed by a panel chaired by Transport which makes recommendations to the Minister.


    A brochure is available from Transport outlining submission criteria. This, and further information is available by telephoning Drew Gaynor on (08) 9320 9726 or email


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