Graphic: Funding announced for new RFDS Townsville Base

Funding announced for new RFDS Townsville Base

Date published

09 Jul 2021

The Australian Government has announced a $15 million funding contribution for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) (RFDS) Townsville Base expansion as part of the Townsville City Deal.

Townville Base

The RFDS will receive $15 million in Australian Government funding, which is to be matched by a $15 million commitment from the Queensland Government. This will enable the RFDS to expand its Townsville facilities, which provide essential aeromedical and healthcare services across the North Queensland region. 

RFDS (Queensland Section) Chair Russell Postle welcomed the significant investment from the Australian Government.

“This funding allocation will enable the expansion of our Townsville facilities,” he said.

“The RFDS transports more than 2,000 people through Townsville each year and with our current Townsville Base at capacity, the investment is guaranteed to have a long-lasting and positive impact on the region.

“I thank the Australian Government for their continued support of the Flying Doctor.”

Mr Postle said the project would provide a boost to local jobs and the Townsville regional economy.

“It will provide a significant capital investment to boost local jobs in construction and create new ongoing aviation, aeromedical, clinical and support roles,” he said.

“The investment will ensure updated and state-of-the-art health and aviation facilities, enhancing community services and Indigenous engagement.

“As well as a new dedicated patient transfer facility, the build will also include new aviation engineering and maintenance facilities, aircraft hangars and an aviation and clinical training complex.”

New Townsville Base