Applications are now open for the $1 million Support Regional Aviation initiative in South Australia which funds priority infrastructure upgrades at regional public airports.

Owners and operators of regulated airports and aerodromes in regional South Australia can apply for a share of the funding for upgrades, including resealing runways, taxiways and aprons; upgrading fencing; replacing lighting; and extending and upgrading terminal facilities.

The initiative aims to improve the regional airport network so it can conform to regulatory requirements, accommodate changing airline fleets, support the growth of regional aviation markets, and deliver regional economic and social benefits through improved air services.

South Australian Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Stephen Mullighan, said, “Regional airports are critical infrastructure not just for the aviation industry but also for the ongoing development and economic growth of our regional centres.

“They are vital for essential and emergency services, the transport, tourism, health and business sectors in regional areas, connecting regional and remote communities to other parts of South Australia and the nation.

“Earlier this year a master planning process for 19 regulated regional airports identified future development opportunities for these facilities was needed to better service the needs of local communities.”

Mr Mullighan said the initiative will provide councils and other authorities the opportunity to secure funding support to upgrade vital aviation infrastructure assets.

“This initiative is in addition to more than $10 million of State Government investment in major upgrades for regional airports,” Mr Mullighan said.

“The State Government is funding half the $18 million upgrade of Kangaroo Island airport which will enable larger passenger planes to land on the island.

“We also delivered a $1.3 million upgrade of the Coober Pedy airport last year to ensure commercial services could continue and we are investing $2.95 million towards the upgrade of the Mt Gambier airport.”

Applications for funding will close on 11 November 2016.

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