Money up for grabs for regional airports

Colin Brinsden
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The federal government is opening up a second round of funding to enhance the accessibility and safety of regional airports and aerodromes across Australia.

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the latest funding would continue to assist regional airports to complete essential upgrades.

"Regional airports provide a vital link for regional communities, facilitating the delivery of essential goods and services such as food supplies, health care and passenger air services," said Mr McCormack, who is also minister for infrastructure, transport and regional development.

The government has committed $100 million over four years to ensure the owners and operators of regional airports can deliver improved safety and capability, including upgraded runways, taxiways, as well as new fencing, navigational aids and lighting.

Round 1 of the program saw $41.2 million approved in June towards 61 projects at regional airports.

Applications for Round 2 will open on November 3 and will remain open until December 15.

Mr McCormack said the government has worked with industry to change the guidelines so that small local government and Indigenous corporations with projects of $300,000 or less can now seek funding for 100 per cent of eligible project costs.