Regional Aviation: remote air services delivery gets a boost

ACCESS for remote communities will be improved with an extra $39.6 million for airstrip upgrades and additional essential air services, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss announced today. Safety and access at remote airstrips will be improved by $33.7 million in increased expenditure over the next four years. This…

DROUGHT ASSISTANCE FOR REGIONAL COMMUNITIES AND FARMERS

Rural communities suffering through extreme drought will be eligible for Commonwealth assistance as part of a new $333 million support package. This Commonwealth Government investment is an acknowledgment of the difficulties being experienced by farmers and by the communities they help to sustain. It is critical these communities remain viable and that people stay in…

NEW $100 MILLION NORTHERN BEEF ROADS FUND

The Commonwealth Government will invest $100 million improving roads that are critical to the beef industry. A new $100 million Northern Australia Beef Roads Fund will make targeted upgrades to key roads necessary for transporting cattle. This will underpin the future viability of the cattle industry which has long been a pillar of the northern…

Fairer and Sustainable Pensions

More than 170,000 pensioners with modest assets will have their pensions increased by an average of more than $30 per fortnight as part of the Government’s plans for fairer access to a more sustainable pension that will come into effect in January 2017, Minister for Social Services the Hon. Scott Morrison announced today. This will…

Connecting Victoria’s South-West to major services

SOUTH-WEST Victorian communities and industries will be better connected to commercial centres with the duplication of the Princes Highway West between Winchelsea and Colac officially starting construction today. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said that local communities have been involved in shaping this project at every stage to…

Safer and smoother Bruce Highway upgrade now operational

BURDEKIN motorists are set for a safer drive, with a $50 million upgrade project on the Bruce Highway from Sandy Corner to Collinsons Lagoon officially opened today. Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss and Member for Dawson George Christensen commissioned the upgrade this morning. “This project has delivered significant…

Funding approved for first stage of the Advanced Train Management System Implementation

THE first tranche of Australian Government funding of $15.5 million towards the implementation of the Advanced Train Management System (ATMS) project has been approved. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Regional Development Warren Truss said the system will become the accredited standard for train management across the national rail network managed by the Australian Rail Track…

$61.6 million to upgrade Queensland highways

IMPROVEMENTS to the New England, Flinders, Landsborough and Cunningham highways will be delivered as part of the Australian Government’s $229 million National Highway Upgrade Programme.Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the funding is to improve key arteries on the national highway network in Queensland. “This programme will fund…

$7.17 million to keep Indigenous communities connected

VITAL access to Indigenous communities across Western Australia is being secured with the Australian Government funding upgrades to 22 access roads. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said a portion of Western Australia’s Roads to Recovery funding was reserved specifically for Indigenous access roads. “On these roads funding goes…