Graphic: RFDS Mount Isa current hangar
The Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) (RFDS) will receive more than $6.9 million towards its new Mount Isa Base from the State Government’s Resources Community Infrastructure Fund (RCIF).
RFDS (Queensland Section) CEO Meredith Staib said two RCIF grants would help deliver the new state-of-the-art co-located aeromedical base at Mount Isa Airport.
“The RFDS will gain more than $6.9 million to help establish our new Mount Isa Base which will be custom-built and feature dedicated hangar bays, improved transfer facilities for patients, as well as an enhanced working environment for medical staff, pilots and ground crew,” Ms Staib said.
“Vitally, the new facility will ensure we’re able to continue to deliver the very best medical care to communities right across the region, including via our emergency retrieval and inter-hospital transfer service which we deliver in partnership with the Queensland Government.
“We’re incredibly grateful to the Queensland Government for this funding and look forward to starting construction on the new Base in early 2023.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles said Queensland communities should be the first to benefit when the resource sector they support succeeds.
“That’s why the Palaszczuk Government has partnered with the resources sector to deliver the $100 million fund,” Mr Miles said.
“North West Queensland is the big winner in this round of funding, with over half the funding being granted to Mount Isa, Julia Creek, and Cloncurry.
“Most importantly, thanks to RCIF, North West Queensland will have a new, co-located health emergency flight service that can better serve the region as well as three excellent new facilities focused on children’s recreation, care and early learning.”