The State Government has opened the next round of the Support Regional Aviation initiative which provides funding for important South Australian regional airport upgrades.
Projects that can apply for funding from the $1 million program include:
- Resealing runways, taxiways and aprons;
- Upgrading fencing;
- Replacing lighting; and,
- Extending and upgrading terminal facilities.
“Everyone living in regional South Australia would know how important regional airports are to local communities,” said Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll.
“Regional airports help improve access to regional communities and make travelling across the state easier which can also provide a tourism boost. Regional airports are used by our farmers and often play a critical role in emergencies, such as bushfires or medical emergencies, giving first responders better and quicker access.”
The fund is open to owners and operators of regulated airports and aerodromes in regional South Australia.
The initiative aims to improve the regional airport network to 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.
Last year, 10 applications were approved with the State Government contributing $887,833 towards projects across South Australia for airport infrastructure upgrades at Coober Pedy, Whyalla, Kimba, Port Augusta, Port Lincoln, Renmark, Mount Gambier and Naracoorte Airports.