Royal Flying Doctor Service receives boost from Council


The Fraser Coast Regional Council will enter into a sponsorship agreement with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).

“The RFDS is an invaluable community service so we are happy to support the RFDS through a sponsorship deal that could include waiving some airport fees,” Councillor Zane O’Keefe said today.

“If charged at full rate the service would currently outlay more than $60,000 a year in landing fees to use the Hervey Bay and Maryborough airports each year.”

The service also leases a patient transfer facility at the Hervey Bay airport. The facility was built in 2009 from funds provided by Council, the Queensland Ambulance Service, the Hervey Bay RSL and donations raised by volunteers.

“On the Fraser Coast the last financial year the RFDS undertook 1,281 flights from Hervey Bay,” Cr O’Keefe said.

“These included 374 patients being flown due heart/cardiovascular conditions; and 62 patients who were under six years old. 

“A further 74 patients were flown out of Maryborough airport.

“The RFDS relies on donations and corporate sponsorships to maintain and equip its aircraft and to ensure its flight nurses, doctors and pilots are specifically trained to cater for any emergency situation that may occur while transporting critically ill patients.

“Ensuring the service continues brings great comfort to our community and Council is pleased to be able to do our bit to support the important work of the RFDS.”