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FUNDING TAKES FLIGHT FOR REMOTE AIRSTRIP UPGRADES

MORE than half a million dollars is being invested into four remote airstrips in the Goldfields thanks to the Morrison Government’s latest round of the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the upgrades will help local communities maintain access to essential goods and services.

The four projects for O’Connor include:

  • $342,942 for Warburton Aviation Fuel Upgrade to upgrade the safety and reliability of the aviation fuel supply and storage by purchasing a new tank for jet fuel and repurposing two existing tanks.
  • $145,957 for Leonora Aerodrome to upgrade Apron lighting and poles.
  • $33,95 for Tjuntjuntjara Airstrip lighting, fencing and surface workds; and
  • $5,679 for Ilkurlka Airstrip to upgrade the airstrip surface.

Mr Wilson said essential upgrades like this mean remote residents in this region will have improved connectivity to regional centres and increased access to essential services.

“I am looking forward to working with these communities to ensure we deliver the essential airstrip works they need,” Mr Wilson said.

“Many remote communities rely on airstrips for their delivery of food, medical supplies, mail and other essential goods and services.

“It is imperative these airstrips are repaired, resealed and are up to standard so users can land safely to provide the critical deliveries and air transport connections for rural communities.

“Operations that directly benefit from these upgrades include the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Angel Flight and bushfire fighting services.”

For a full list of successful projects and more information on the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program, visit infrastructure.gov.au/regionalaviation.

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MEET RICK

I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australian Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.