20 January 2023

The Hon Catherine King MP
Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government

Senator Anne Urquhart
Senator for Tasmania
Chief Government Whip in The Senate



Anne Urquhart, Senator for Tasmania, has welcomed today’s announcement that Burnie Airport is set to take off towards a better future thanks to an $845,610 investment.

The Albanese Labor Government will provide $428,450 for resurfacing of Taxiway A and $417,160 for application of surface treatment to all aircraft movement areas and has been allocated under round 3 of the Australian Government’s $100 million Regional Airports Program.

The program funds important upgrades, including works such as resurfacing runways to ensure air operators can land safely and without damaging their aircraft, or installing fencing to prevent animals entering the airport, providing safer landings for air operators.

Burnie Airport is one of forty-four airports across regional Australia that will be made safer and more accessible for the communities they serve under this program.

This program has supported 150 projects across regional Australia with nearly $71 million in funding under the first two rounds.

For more information, including the list of successful projects, visit: www.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure-transport-vehicles/aviation/regional-remote-aviation/regional-airports-program.


Quotes attributable to Anne Urquhart, Senator for Tasmania:

“This funding is a big win for our local community and for the electorate of Braddon as a whole.

“Burnie Airport is an important local asset, providing accessibility and creating jobs for workers across the community.

“As a key regional link to King Island, Burnie Airport is especially important for King Island residents and the island’s economy.

“The Albanese government is building a better Braddon and this funding will make Burnie airport an even better facility for our community.”


Quotes attributable to Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King:

“The Regional Airports Program delivers significant benefits for regional aviation and communities, including increasing safety for aircraft, operators and passengers.

“These projects are also an investment in the improved delivery of goods and services, including healthcare and passenger air services.

“The Australian Government is committed to bolstering connections from Australia’s regions to domestic and global market opportunities.

“Investing in our regional airports is also critical to supporting the operational requirements of aeromedical and other emergency services.”


20 January 2023

Lyndal Curtis (King) 0497 847 212
Susan Wallace (Urquhart) 0418372198