Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

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.