Grain industry to benefit from Federal investment in SA airstrips

Grain Producers SA has welcomed today’s announcement from the Federal Government to invest in regional airstrips in cropping regions of South Australia.

Under Round 9 of the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program, South Australia secured nine grants totalling over $1 million in funding as part of a $15 million national investment.

Airstrips in cropping regions will receive much needed upgrades, including:

  • The District Council of Streaky Bay receiving $183,949 to upgrade lighting.
  • The District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula received $60,373 to upgrade Port Lincoln’s second runway.
  • Yorke Peninsula Council receiving $58,466 for upgrades that include installation of airside medical and emergency services amenity structures and replacement of perimeter animal fencing.
  • Kangaroo Island Council receiving $67,530 to replace runway lighting.

Grain Producers SA CEO Brad Perry said the grain industry consistently uses the airstrips earmarked for improvement. “This Federal Government investment into regional airstrips is a welcome boost for those communities living and working in regional areas,” said Mr Perry.

“It’s not only grain producers that are using regional airstrips but it’s service providers in the industry, whether they are spraying, distributing fertilizer or surveying.

“Upgrades like this will assist in making airstrips safer and more usable all-year round for grain producers, their families, and the wider local and business communities.

“It will mean aircraft will be able to land more often and more safely, ensuring these locations get the goods, services, and connectivity they need.”

Eyre Peninsula grain producer Mark Modra, who often uses the Port Lincoln Airport, welcomed the funding announcement.

“It’s great to hear that the Port Lincoln Airport is getting upgrades as it is one of the main hubs for the lower Eyre Peninsula communities to access Adelaide which allows us to run a more efficient business,” Mr Modra said.