The RFDS has welcomed the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions investment for further capital funding of $23.7 million to assist the Flying Doctor to continue to meet patient demand which remains at record levels. The funding will contribute to the purchase of two additional aircraft, two replacement aircraft, and the establishment of the new Broome operating facility. Given the continued high level of need for our aero medical services, which in turn drives the high number of hours our aircraft operate, and the huge distances they cover, aircraft need to be replaced after about 10 years, and we have two due for replacement over the next six months.
The funding has also assisted with giving the north of the state a boost with the recent opening of the new RFDS Broome patient treatment and aero medical operating facilities.
The announcement was made during a visit to the RFDS Jandakot Facility by Health Minister John Day and Minister for Regional Development Terry Redman.