Image: RACQ LifeFlight
For the last 12 months the Toowoomba LifeFlight Base has been one of the busiest in the state and soon it will have a brand new base to call home.
The federal government is spending $2.05 million on a new Toowoomba LifeFlight base and Toowoomba philanthropist Clive Berghofer will be matching it dollar for dollar.
“As a major sponsor and partner of LifeFlight for 10 years, I understand the critical need for a rescue helicopter service based in Toowoomba that provides vital emergency care to patients in rural and regional communities across South-West Queensland,” said Mr Berghofer.
The new centre located at the Toowoomba Airport will house the Toowoomba-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue community helicopter and the SGAS helicopter which carries a significant and increasing workload of community missions from the base. It will include on-site accommodation for crews for 24/7 operations, a purpose-built workshop for engineering activities, administration and other staff facilities.
The total cost of the project is $4.395 million, 350 jobs will be created during the construction which is due for completion in 2019.