Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning; Ports

    $3 million for airport upgrades in regional Western Australia

    21/01/2021 1:00 PM
    • $3 million allocated to 2021-2023 Regional Airports Development Scheme grants
    • Funding to improve accessibility, planning, safety and security at regional WA airports
    • Grants will go to 25 projects across the State, helping support economic recovery 

    Almost $3 million in Regional Airports Development Scheme (RADS) grants has been allocated to 25 projects across Western Australia.


    Upgrades to regional airports across the State include resealing of runways, upgrading airstrip lighting, airport development planning, installation of animal exclusion fencing, and improving operational safety and facilities for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) operations.


    Balgo Hill Airport in the Kimberley received the largest grant of over $427,000, which will contribute to upgrading the runway and replacing runway lighting, enabling safer night landings.


    The remote airstrip is important for medical evacuations, with 459 RFDS landings occurring in the last five years.


    Other projects funded through this round of grants include $355,718 for Carnarvon Airport, $376,000 to Wiluna Airport and $290,000 for the Mantamaru (Jameson) Community Airstrip in the Goldfields.


    Since 2008, 309 regional airport projects have been granted more than $44 million in Department of Transport RADS funding, helping transform regional airports across WA.


    The funding contribution for this round of RADS grants was increased to up to 75 per cent of the project cost for works that can be completed by December 31, 2021 and can demonstrate employment of locals - helping stimulate economic recovery in WA.


    Please visit http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/RADS for full grant recipients.


    Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:


    "This round of RADS grants focus on labour-intensive infrastructure projects that can be completed by the end of 2021, to help stimulate regional economies, boost local job opportunities and assist the aviation sector on the road to recovery.


    "The Goldfields-Esperance region received the largest sum of over $634,000 to be shared by six airports for projects ranging from improving runway surfaces, installing solar airstrip lighting and upgrading security; to installing fencing to keep animals off the runway.


    "In this RADS round eight grants totalling nearly $1 million will deliver improved airport facilities for remote Aboriginal communities, with aviation access critical to the health and wellbeing of these remote residents.


    "The 2021-23 RADS grants will help boost safety, amenities and security at these regional and remote airports, improving access to health services, community connections and business."


    Minister's office - 6552 5500


    RegionAirportProjectWA Govt Funding
    GascoyneCarnarvon AirportApron lighting upgrade, correction of Runway 04/22 end safety area slopes, edge strip and drainage works and airside fencing and stock boundary fencing of the outer airport$ 355,718
    GascoyneCoral Bay AirstripFurther improvement of airstrip pavement lift, vertical alignment and a resheet as well as a new windsock tower. $ 220,250
    GascoyneBurringurrah Aboriginal Community AirportLift and bitumen seal the airstrip including drainage improvements, upgrade solar lighting and windsock.$ 16,250
    Goldfields-EsperanceIlkurlka AirstripReplace windsock, improve runway surface, runway strip and flyover area$ 8,504
    Goldfields-EsperanceTjuntjuntjara Community AerodromeImprove runway surface, improve runway strip, flyover area and firebreaks, replace windsock, airstrip lights and batteries$ 23,302
    Goldfields-EsperanceMantamaru (Jameson) Community AirstripResheet the runway$ 290,000
    Goldfields-EsperanceRavensthorpe AirportUndertake a CASA compliant Ravensthorpe Airport Wildlife Management Plan$ 4,018
    Goldfields-EsperanceRavensthorpe AirportElectrical upgrades to  include annual Electrical Technical Inspection, replacement of 110 runway lights housing and lamps, installation of CCTV$ 30,810
    Goldfields-EsperanceGiles Airstrip (Warakurna)Fencing, improvement to unique arrivals/departures area, lighting, carpark upgrade and signage, plane parking and overall safety upgrade $ 30,000
    Goldfields-EsperanceLeonora AerodromeSecure airport perimeter with security fencing, comprising of 2.1 metre high chain link and 14 line ringlock with top and bottom bar$ 248,027
    Great SouthernKatanning AirportReplace boundary fencing, line marking on sealed runway, replace lighting at windsocks, install a concrete hardstand (water tank) and a shade shelter$ 43,500
    Great SouthernDenmark AirportInstall a 2 metre vermin exclusion fence including gates, to create total enclosure of the active airport activities$ 73,650
    KimberleyBalgo Hill AirportResheet the existing runway pavement and replace runway lights with LED fittings$ 427,058
    KimberleyWarmun AerodromeWarmun Aerodrome usability and future improvement requirement study$ 49,290
    KimberleyMulan AerodromeReplace the existing runway and taxiway lights with LED fittings$ 155,000
    Mid-WestMorawa AerodromeSealing of airstrip apron$ 84,000
    Mid-WestEneabba AirportRefurbishment of the ageing runway surface and replacement of the failing runway lighting system$ 116,946
    Mid-WestWiluna AirportUpgrade of the existing runway$ 376,000
    PilbaraMarble Bar AirstripEngage a consultant to develop a Master Plan for the future of Marble Bar Aerodrome$ 35,785
    PilbaraNewman AirportDevelopment of an Aviation Strategy for East Pilbara Airports (including Newman Airport, Marble Bar Airstrip and Nullagine Airstrip)$ 40,000
    South-WestBusselton Margaret River AirportInstall airside perimeter fencing to general aviation hangar precinct$ 17,426
    WheatbeltNarrogin Regional AirportConstruct an asphalt apron for RFDS$ 52,166
    WheatbeltBruce Rock AirfieldReasphalt the taxiway and apron, install a hardstand and patient transfer path and install lighting in the ambulance shed$ 113,699
    WheatbeltVarley AirstripConstruction of Varley Airstrip - treat landing strip with Polycom, renew runway markers and extend concrete parking area for planes$ 79,206
    WheatbeltLake Grace AirportImprove airport lighting$ 61,500