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$9m in upgrades for 45 airstrips in isolated communities

written by Adam Thorn | May 6, 2020
A file image of a Regional Express (Rex) Saab 340B (Seth Jaworski)
A host of isolated airstrips are set to receive an upgrade (Seth Jaworski)

The government has announced the 45 airstrips in isolated communities that will receive upgrades as part of a long-term initiative.

Round seven of the Remote Airstrip Upgrade (RAU) Program will see $9 million spent on work such as improving runway surfaces, stormwater drainage or installing runway lighting.

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said, “These airstrips provide access for aero-medical flights, urgent supplies and allow people to travel to regional centres for essential work and appointments.


“We are investing in the future of regional communities by delivering better and safer access for regional Australians needing to travel.”

The key objective of the RAU Program is to enhance the safety and accessibility of aerodromes in remote or outback towns to help improve the movement of essential good and services.

Last year, it provided $10.1 million for 34 upgrades in Australia.

The full list of successful applicants is below:


New South Wales

  • Nyngan Aerodrome Improvement Project
  • Upgrade of Mungindi Aerodrome
  • Tilpa Aerodrome Resealing Works
  • Condobolin Aerodrome Fencing Project
  • Coonamble Airport Improvement Works

Northern Territory

  • Territory-Wide Coordinated Solar Light Upgrade Program
  • Territory-Wide Coordinated Aerodrome Fencing Program
  • Territory-Wide Coordinated Wind Indicator and Signal Circle Upgrade Program
  • Territory-Wide Coordinated Wind Sock Pole Upgrade Program
  • Aerodrome Resheeting Program
  • Aerodrome Sustainable Improvements
  • Brunette Downs Airstrip Upgrade Project
  • Anthony Lagoon Airstrip Upgrade Project 2020


  • Wildlife Fencing of Aircraft Landing Areas (ALA) – Capella and Dingo
  • Doomadgee Airstrip Upgrade
  • Dajarra Airstrip Upgrade Project
  • Normanton Aerodrome Linemarking
  • Karumba Aerodrome Linemarking
  • Burketown and Gregory Airstrip Safety Project
  • Canobie Airstrip Upgrade
  • Piccaninny Plains Wildlife Sanctuary Remote Airstrip Upgrade Project
  • Upgrade to the Port Stewart Airstrip, Cape York
  • Upgrade fencing for Badu, Kubin and Mabuiag Aerodromes
  • Olkola Infrastructure Airstrip Upgrade
  • Birdsville Aerodrome Crack Seal and Rejuvenation Project
  • Augathella Airstrip Upgrade
  • Blackall Aerodrome Safety Fencing Project
  • Taylors Plains all Weather Upgrade
  • Installation of Solar Taxi-Way Lights Isisford Airstrip
  • Animal Exclusion fencing of the Adavale Airstrip
  • Reseal Aramac Airstrip

South Australia

  • Reseal of Bordertown Airstrip
  • Mannahill Aerodrome Upgrade
  • Balcanoona Airstrip Animal-proof Fencing


  • Cape Barren Island Airfield Upgrade

Western Australia

  • Gascoyne Junction Airstrip Reseal
  • Ardyaloon Airstrip Boundary Fence Replacement
  • Coral Bay Airstrip Improvements
  • Wyndham Aerodrome Perimeter Fence Replacement
  • Djarindjin Lombadina Aerodrome Solar Runway Lighting Installation
  • Parnngurr Community Airstrip and Apron Upgrade
  • Warburton Aairstrip Upgrade
  • Gnowangerup Aerodrome RNAV Instrument Flight Procedure Design
  • Tjuntjuntjara Airstrip Lighting System Upgrade
  • Wanarn Airstrip Lighting Upgrade

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  • James


    What’s the deal with Ilfracombe? Just says it’s 30km east of Longreach.

    Is the strip there getting upgraded?

  • garry sharp


    Nothing for victoria?

  • Alan Pace


    Victoria misses out again.

    • John A Codrington


      Alan, you can hardly call Victoria “outback”….. 🙂

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