Esperance airport funding for aircraft apron area

A water bombing helicopter drops on a fire. Photo: Brendan McCarthy.
A water bombing helicopter drops on a fire. Photo: Brendan McCarthy.

Regional airports across the state are set to share in almost $1.4 million in Regional Airports Development Scheme grants.

Of the grants, Esperance has been allocated a total of $49,025 for the development of a dedicated bombing aircraft apron area.

Twelve projects within six regions have received a portion of the grants, the largest of which was $300,000 for the Shire of Wiluna in the mid-west.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said air services to regional and remote communities were an important transport service, and helped support social and economic development in the regions.

“These aerodromes provide essential services to the communities they service, and access to RADS grants provide much needed funding to assist in upgrades and improvements to services, security and comfort,” she said.

“The McGowan Government is committed to ensuring safe and accessible aviation services for regional communities across WA; access to funding through RADS grants helps make this possible.”

The grants, funded through the Department of Transport, have long provided funding for regional and remote airports in order to help support and improve air services and airport infrastructure.

RADS grants are funded through the Department of Transport.

For more information, visit www.transport.wa.gov.au/RADS