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Three communities in O’Connor will have improved access to vital air services with the Federal Government investing more than $600,000 in funding under 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.

“Upgrades like this mean remote communities 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.”

The projects include:

  • $450,000 for the Warburton Airstrip upgrade
  • $70,099 for Tjuntijuntjara Airstrip lighting system upgrade
  • $56,000 for the Wanam Airstrip lighting upgrade

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said funding under the $9 million Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program will enhance the safety and accessibility of aerodromes in remote areas and improve delivery of essential goods and services including health care.

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

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Kevin Hogan said the upgrades, being funded across Australia, would make remote airstrips safer and more accessible in all conditions.

“Eligible projects can include upgrading runway surfaces, stormwater drainage, runway lighting and animal proof fencing,” Mr Hogan said.

For more information on the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program, visit



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.