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Grants provide $66M for regional airport infrastructure

A further $3.5 billion has been committed to the Western Sydney Airport rail line under a new agreement between the Federal and New South Wales Government, with construction set to begin this year.

The Regional Airports Screening Infrastructure (RASI) grant program will provide $66 million to help carry out necessary infrastructure works in preparation for increased passengers as more air services take flight.

Deputy Prime Minister and Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister Michael McCormack said the aviation industry was one of the first and hardest-hit industries during COVID-19.

“As we look to get even more planes back in the sky, we are continuing to support regional airports to ensure they bounce back strongly and can continue to connect our region,” he said.

“This critical grant funding will reduce the costs to regional airports of security screening compliance at regional airports across Australia, including Rockhampton, Townsville, Whyalla, Ayers Rock (Uluru), Ballina Byron and Broome.

“Not only will this provide a significant boost for the airports, it will benefit regional passengers across Australia by ensuring those grant-funded screening costs don’t flow through to ticket prices.”

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McCormack said the RASI program was part of the Government’s $715 million COVID‑19 Australian Airline Financial Relief Package, which has been offering relief to the sector since being announced in March 2020.

“It’s been a difficult year for the sector, its workers and those communities that rely on their local airports,” he said.

“That’s why we’ve taken fast and decisive action by committing more than $2.7 billion to maintaining aviation jobs and critical air connections, with funding having flowed from early on in the pandemic.

“As the festive season and a new year quickly comes around, Australians will be able to continue to rely on their local airport to reconnect with family and take a much-needed holiday.”

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications is working closely with grantee airports to implement the RASI program.

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