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$3.1 million for remote airstrips in Lingiari.



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Media Contact: Kate Sieper 0488 484 689

M e d i a R e l e a s e THE HON. WARREN SNOWDON MP Member for Lingiari & THE HON. ANTHONY ALBANESE MP Minister for Infrastructure and Transport 11th August 2008 $3.1 MILLION FOR REMOTE AIRSTRIPS IN LINGIARI An election promise to improve airstrips across the Northern Territory has been met today with more than $3.1 million ($3,122,189) from the Rudd Labor Government. Lighting, grading, sealing and fencing of remote airstrips will improve the safe access to 19 communities from Croker Island through to Ti Tree via the Remote Aerodrome Safety Program. Mr Albanese said airstrips are the lifeline of remote communities, and with such vast distances in the Territory, a safe, functioning airstrip is often the most reliable means of transport. “Remote communities rely on their airstrip to ferry people, including teachers and doctors, and to deliver the essentials, including mail, medical supplies and groceries. “That’s why we are providing much-needed funding to upgrade local airstrips and make sure people can access regular air services. “This support builds on the funding the Government already provides towards the cost of regular flights to remote communities through the Remote Air Services Subsidy Scheme.” Member for Lingiari, the Hon Warren Snowdon MP said this announcement delivers, and then exceeds, the $2.8 million in election commitments I made to remote communities in my electorate. “With an upgraded strip Croker Island will be better able to evacuate in the face of a cyclone, while the solar lighting that is to be installed at 12 airstrips will mean the Royal Flying Doctor Service will be able to conduct night evacuations. These projects are funded through round two of the RAS Program, which will deliver $20 million over four years to improve the safety of aerodromes in remote and isolated areas of Australia. Contact: Moksha Watts (Mr Albanese’s office) 02 6277 7680 / 0413 389 070 Kate Sieper (Mr Snowdon’s office) 08 8941 7652 / 0488 484 689

Media Contact: Kate Sieper 0488 484 689

FUNDING DETAILS

Croker Island - $1.4 million to West Arnhem Shire Council to upgrade the airstrip from gravel to bitumen and install lighting with a total cost of $1.8m. Robinson River - $800,000 to Mungoorbada Aboriginal Corporation to level and seal the airstrip and improve drainage with a total cost of $800,000. Nyirripi - $180,000 to the NT Government to upgrade the gravel airstrip and install a camel proof fence with a total cost of $185,000. Ti Tree - $65,000 to the NT Government to upgrade the gravel airstrip. Victoria Downs - $8,661 to the Victoria River Downs Station to install solar powered lighting with a total cost of $17,322. Eva Valley - $202,264 to the Nyirrunggulung Mardrulk Ngadberre Regional Council for earthworks to repair the western end of the runway with a total cost of $404,528. Bamyili Aerodrome - $42,764 to the Nyirrunggulung Mardrulk Ngadberre Regional Council to clear trees, train personnel and grade the runway with a total cost of $85,528. Delara - $23,500 to the Nyirrunggulung Mardrulk Ngadberre Regional Council to reposition lighting with a total cost of $47,000. Maningrida - $25,000 to the Maningrida Council to erect a new fence with a total cost of $50,000. 12 other airstrips - $375,000 to install lighting at a number of airstrips, including Apatula, Palumpa, Peppimenarti and Milyakburra to enable services to land at night, with a total cost of $380,000.