LifeFlight gets a permanent home under Building Better Regions Fund

Media Release

FN129/2017

03 August 2017

Joint release with:

John McVeigh

Federal Member for Groom

  • LifeFlight's permanent base in Toowoomba to be delivered under the Building Better Regions Fund
  • Coalition Government is investing $2.05 million under BBRF
  • Project will deliver short and long-term jobs and essential aeromedical services to the region

The dream of having a purpose built, permanent home base for LifeFlight medical helicopter services in Toowoomba will become a reality with funding approved under the first round of the Coalition Government's new Building Better Regions Fund.

Federal Member for Groom John McVeigh said the project will replace existing ageing buildings with new purpose-built aviation facilities including: hangar capacity for two AW139 helicopters, aircrew accommodation and administration, operations, and flight simulator rooms.

“It will promote confidence in the future of the region by providing its rural and remote areas with access to more efficient emergency aeromedical services,” Dr McVeigh said.

“In what is a major boost for the regional economy, this project will create 350 jobs during construction.”

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the new LifeFlight base will provide vital aeromedical services for Toowoomba and the surrounding region.

“Demand for regional medical services is growing with the increasing number of people relocating to regional Australia and the growing number of seasonal workers. This funding will ensure those people have access to expert medical treatment wherever they roam,” Minister Nash said.

“I congratulate the Toowoomba community on their successful application.

“I aim to help build the kinds of regional communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and providing access to essential medical services does just that.”

The project is being jointly funded with the Coalition Government contributing $2.05 million under the BBRF, local businessman Clive Berghofer providing $1.87 million and LifeFlight Australia providing $171,534.

More information about the Building Better Regions Fund is available at: business.gov.au/bbrf.