New funding scheme for regional airports

Western Australian regional airports can now apply for funding grants to improve infrastructure through the 2017-19 round of the Regional Airports Development Scheme (RADS), worth a total of $3.88 million.

WA Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the 2017-19 round of 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,” Mr Nalder 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.

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