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Grants open for regional airports

The State Government is inviting all regional and remote airports across Western Australia to apply for the 2021-23 round of Regional Airports Development Scheme (RADS) grants, which opened yesterday.

This round of grants, worth more than $3.1 million, will focus on economic recovery stimulus initiatives and programs in response to COVID-19.

In the wake of the pandemic, regional airlines such as REX have increased their flight throughput as more traffic is flown within the state, rather than intrastate.

The grant round, which has been brought forward, will focus on labour-intensive infrastructure projects that can be completed by the end of 2021, to help stimulate job creation and facilitate recovery of the State’s economy.

RADS grants, funded through the Department of Transport, provide funding to increase planning, safety, capacity and security at regional and remote WA airports to improve access for health, community and business. 

Previous projects funded through the grant program include runway widening and resealing, solar runway lighting, construction of a helicopter landing site, security upgrades and patient transfer facilities.

The 2021-23 round of Regional Airports Development Scheme grants close on August 7, 2020.

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