RADS grant funding a boost for 26 regional airports

Regional and remote airports across Western Australia have shared in over $2.6 million in Regional Airports Development Scheme (RADS) grants for the 2019-21 round.

The RADS grants, funded through the Department of Transport, will provide vital funding to help improve infrastructure and safety at 26 of WA’s regional airports in 2019.

Projects funded in this round include runway resealing, upgrading airstrip lighting for night landings, installation of fencing and nets to keep animals out, developing airport master plans and improving operational safety and facilities for the Royal Flying Doctor Service operations.

The Goldfields-Esperance region has received the largest grant amount, with nearly $800,000 going to four airports.

Meanwhile, Laverton Airport received the largest overall grant (more than $350,000) to build an additional taxiway and aircraft parking area to accommodate substantial air traffic growth at the airport.

The total value of RADS grants by region is below:

  • Gascoyne $532,735
  • Goldfields-Esperance $793,391
  • Great Southern $137,287
  • Kimberley $345,343
  • Mid-West $396,315
  • Pilbara $12,506
  • South-West $166,120
  • Wheatbelt $264,207

In the last 10 years, 283 regional airport projects have been granted more than $42 million in RADS funding, helping transform regional airports across WA.

Source: WA Government