Visiting RACQ LifeFlight Rescue aircraft performing missions to and from the Bundaberg base will be able to power down on a dedicated parking pad, which has been installed thanks to the generosity of the local community.
Bundaberg Base Lead Daniel Leggat said aircraft had been making use of Bundaberg's new dedicated base.
“Choppers from other LifeFlight bases have landed in Bundaberg more than sixty times, since the new base opened in March,” Daniel said.
“Those helicopters primarily come from Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, working as part of Retrieval Services Queensland’s network.”
“It was really important – especially heading into the warmer months – that we had an appropriate parking area for the aircraft as close to the hangar as possible,” Mr Leggat said.
The project, valued at more than $14,000, was made possible after a hugely successful inaugural Golf Day, held at Bundaberg Golf Club.
RACQ LifeFlight parking pad support
Community Engagement Coordinator Steph McKenzie said she was humbled and impressed by the amount of money raised at the first local face-to-face event, since the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We know the Wide Bay Burnett communities are grateful for the service RACQ LifeFlight Rescue provides and the fundraiser was a testament to that,” she said.
“Our fleet of RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopters work together, to help Queenslanders in need, so it’s nice to be able to fundraise for something which will ultimately assist our southern colleagues to perform missions in our region.”
Local company Ian Grills Concreting was chosen to complete the installation of the purpose-built parking area.
In addition to the RACQ LifeFlight parking pad, funds have also been used to upgrade ground protection at the aeromedical base’s refuelling facility.