Increased commitment for proposed Davis aerodrome

Photo of coloured buildings surrounded by water taken from the air
In 2018 the Government announces its intention to construct a 2700m paved runway near Davis research station, subject to environmental approvals. (Photo: David Barringhaus)

On the 60th anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty System the Federal Government has announced further funding to strengthen Australia’s engagement in Antarctica.

Additional funding of $58.8 million over the next two and a half years has been allocated to the Davis Aerodrome Project.

The new funding recognises the project is of an unprecedented scale and complexity, requiring a thorough and rigorous planning process.

The Australian Antarctic Division is required to seek environmental approvals for the project under the Antarctic Treaty (Environment Protection) Act 1980 and the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

If approved, the Davis aerodrome will deliver a significant capability boost, revolutionise our scientific activities and enhance Australia’s leadership in East Antarctica.

More information

Joint media release – Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Hon Sussan Ley MP, Minister for the Environment.