Graphic: Rockhampton Airport donates to the Flying Doctor

Rockhampton Airport donates to the Flying Doctor

Date published

09 Jun 2021

In May, Rockhampton Airport announced it was donating more than $116,000 to the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) (RFDS). The donation will help the RFDS continue to provide vital healthcare services to patients across the region.

Rockhampton Regional Council Mayor Tony Williams said the donation was a reimbursement of the organisation’s landing fees at Rockhampton Airport.

“The RFDS offers integral services to the Central Queensland community and provides a lifeline to those living in rural areas,” Mayor Williams said.

“Rockhampton Airport is delighted to support the RFDS by reimbursing 100 per cent of their landing fees at Rockhampton Airport back to the organisation to help keep this life-saving service in the air.”

Graphic: Rockhampton Airport donates to the Flying Doctor

Chair of Rockhampton Airport Councillor Neil Fisher said it was a great honour to reimburse fees back to the RFDS.

“RFDS transported 2,569 patients from March 2020 to February 2021, resulting in $116,653 being reimbursed back to the not-for-profit organisation,” Cr Fisher said.

“As a regional city, a service like the RFDS is integral to ensuring our community has access to healthcare services, whether they are living in town, or in a remote location.”

RFDS (Queensland Section) Chief Executive Officer Meredith Staib thanked Rockhampton Regional Council for their continued support of the Flying Doctor.

“A total of 2,569 patients were transferred through our RFDS Rockhampton Base last year. Rockhampton Regional Council’s donation will help ensure we can continue to provide vital healthcare services to patients across the region,” she said.

“I’d like to thank Council for their generosity, which will keep the Flying Doctor in the air and assisting the communities which need us the most.”