History in the making

Date published

13 Jan 2020

Construction of the co-located facility has surged ahead, with the roof of the facility now raised thanks to your wonderful support.

Over 3,200 tonnes of concrete, 80 of reinforcements and 130 of structural steel will be used in the project throughout construction.

Manager of Clinical and Base Operations for our Bundaberg Base Robyn Langton said not only will this new base be helping to save lives, it will help improve service delivery. Robyn expressed her gratitude to all those who donated to help fund the RFDS Hangar and Patient Transfer Facility:

“We need to have a bigger house to live in and this new facility will enable us all to have more space to do what we do to help the people of Bundaberg.”

“It’s really exciting to see it all finally coming together, it’s going to be great for our community.”

Outside the hangar

With almost 2,000 patients a year, the new facility will help more Bundaberg locals in their greatest time of need. Locals like Christian Hermann, who has been flown multiple times by the RFDS after suffering twice with a rare disease known as Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

Christian was featured in 2019 RFDS Tax Appeal and helped to raise almost $900,000 to support the new facility. 

Christian needed an urgent transfer to Queensland Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, when he suffered from paralysis due to his condition. The flight with the Flying Doctor took only 80 minutes but would have been an eight-hour journey by road.

Christian was very ill, but thankfully is now doing well and is back with his family and friends in Bundaberg.

Your support makes important milestones like the new Bundaberg Base possible. Projects like this would simply not be achievable without your generosity.