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Passionate RFDS supporter honoured with plane naming

Date published

08 Jul 2024

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) (Queensland Section) is thrilled to announce the latest name to adorn one of the organisation’s new KingAir B360 planes.

Wally Taylor

Naming rights are generally given to those who have made significant contributions to assist the RFDS in continuing to provide the Finest Care to the Furthest Corner.

The new naming rights honouree has made the very generous gift of $4.5 million to the RFDS (Queensland Section).

Wally Taylor is well known across regional Queensland for his work in the Australian cotton industry, particularly as a long-standing director of ASX-listed Namoi Cotton.

Mr Taylor is a Goondiwindi local who has remained heavily involved in his community and played an integral role in sourcing funding to implement the Pindari Dam expansion back in the 90s.

Wally naming aircraft

Mr Taylor said it was an honour to have his name connected to such a vital service for those living and travelling through remote and regional Queensland.

“The RFDS does such amazing lifesaving work across the entire state and I could think of no better organisation to support.” Mr Taylor said.

“Rather than just having my name printed on the plane, I chose to honour the great group of friends I made at Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) and in particular, my graduating year of 1971.

“I’ve had long standing and enduring friendships from my time at Churchie and I wanted all my old school mates to know just how important they’ve been to me.”

The aircraft will be named ‘Churchie 1971 WT’ in honour of Wally’s generous contribution.