IPS has been working with the Department for Infrastructure and Regional Development to understand the impact of airstrip and air services provided by the Department. This project has been led by our Research Manager Dr Katie Roe, with IPS Consultant Scott Anderson engaging directly with remote communities.
Scott has visited remote communities such as Warburton, a location which can only be reached by air or by an eight hour drive on unsealed roads, and Kiwirrkurra, the most remote community in Australia. During rain events the communities can be completely cut off by road, and are only accessible by air.
As well as consulting with the communities on their needs, Scott has been talking to them about the ways airstrips and subsidised travel provided by the government are essential for the provision of key services like health, water, and education, as well as in keeping families in touch.
Scott has engaged with 18 remote communities during the project.