VITAL FUNDING FOR AIRPORTS IN THE SOUTH WEST

Three airports in the South West are among 89 regional airports nationwide which will benefit from grants totalling nearly $30 million under Round 2 of the Australian Government’s Regional Airports Program.

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino MP said the projects would support upgrades and improve the safety and accessibility of airports in the South West.

“These projects will improve the safety of aircraft, operators and passengers, the delivery of goods and services and better meet the operational requirements of medical and other emergency services, including supporting bushfire preparedness.”

“Every dollar spent contributes to the local economy and local jobs and I look forward to working with the community to deliver this vital funding as we continue recovering from the pandemic.”

The local projects include;

• Shire of Augusta Margaret River – landing area upgrade to enable safer and more efficient circulation of water bombers when refilling and refuelling.

• City of Bunbury – reseal runway, replacement of illiminated wind indicator and installation of starter extension lighting.

• City of Bussselton – construction of a dedicated emergency services precinct with an apron for RFDS oprations, installation of perimeter fencing and expansion of the central apron.

For a full list of successful projects and more information on the Regional Airports Program, visit infrastructure.gov.au/regionalaviation.