Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning

    Regional airports receive funding boost for upgrades

    10/04/2018 2:00 PM
    • Boost to airport facilities throughout regional Western Australia
    • Upgrades to improve safety, security, access and tourism capacity
    • McGowan Government committed to improving regional air services 

    Airports in regional areas across Western Australia will share in nearly $1.4 million in Regional Airports Development Scheme (RADS) grants, to help upgrade aerodrome facilities.


    A total of 12 projects in six regions have received RADS grants, with the biggest grant of more than $300,000 going to the Shire of Wiluna in the Mid-West.


    The funding will go towards several upgrades at Wiluna Airport, including runway lighting, airport CCTV equipment, replacing airport security fencing, and preparing design and document plans for a future terminal upgrade.


    Substantial funding is also being provided to the Gascoyne region. Coral Bay Airstrip, which is used regularly for medical evacuations and tourism purposes, received funds to upgrade solar lighting and construct a small passenger terminal, improving safety for night landings and providing rest facilities for pilots.


    RADS funding for Shark Bay (Monkey Mia) Airport will widen their runway, enabling Rex aircraft to operate at the airport from July 2018.


    The RADS grants have a long history of providing funding for regional and remote airports to help improve air services and airport infrastructure.


    RADS grants are funded through the Department of Transport. To view the full list of grant recipients, visit http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/RADS 


    Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:


    "Air services to regional and remote communities are an important transport service, and help support social and economic development in our regions.


    "These aerodromes provide essential services to the communities they service, and access to RADS grants provide much needed funding to assist in upgrades and improvements to services, security and comfort.


    "Even small grants have the potential to make a big impact such as the $13,000 awarded to Prenti Downs Station to upgrade their runway night lighting, enabling Royal Flying Doctor Service day and night-time operations at the airstrip.


    "The McGowan Government is committed to ensuring safe and accessible aviation services for regional communities across WA; access to funding through RADS grants helps make this possible."


    Minister's office - 6552 5500


    Regional Airport Development Scheme round two 2017-19 recipients.pdf