• $7,500 in funding allocated to upgrade Queenstown airstrip under Round 4 of the Australian Government’s $33.7 million Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme
• The upgrades will improve access to fresh food, medical services, other communities, and work and education opportunities for residents
Residents of Queenstown will have improved access to basic services and essential deliveries with its airstrip to be upgraded under Round 4 of the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the funding was part of the Australian Government’s announcement in the 2015-16 Budget of $33.7 million over four years to fund upgrades for remote community airstrips across Australia.
“The tyranny of distance is a way of life for many of our most remote communities, and safe and functioning airstrips are often the only reliable means of transport for freight and urgent services,” Mr Chester said.
“This upgrade of the Queenstown airstrip will ensure residents have continued access to essential health care services including emergency medical evacuations as well as improved access to work and education opportunities.
“Given smaller aircraft often service these communities, simple measures such as providing a smooth runway or keeping wildlife away can make all the difference in a safe landing.”
Tasmanian Senator Stephen Parry said the upgrade will be of significant benefit to the local community.
“The $7,500 funding commitment will see lighting installed, giving pilots and other users of the airport improved visibility, particularly during poor weather and at night,” Senator Parry said.
“The Royal Flying Doctor Service was the applicant for this funding, highlighting the importance of this upgrade in ensuring residents of this region have access to essential health services.
“I am delighted to see the Australian Government continuing the investment in our community, particularly through key transport upgrades.”