Rescue service recognises local council contribution
ACCESS to health care is a major issue, particularly in such rural areas as the North Burnett, where certain medical services can be three or four hours away by road.
AGL Action Rescue Helicopter CEO David Donaldson was at the North Burnett Regional Council meeting at Eidsvold on Tuesday to recognise the council’s support.
The helicopter service receives 60% of its funding from the State Government and 40% from corporate sponsorship and community
“People in rural areas such as the North Burnett are appreciative of our services.”
In October the council made a $10,000 donation to the service.
Mr Donaldson this week presented a plaque of appreciation to the council.
“People in rural areas such as the North Burnett are very appreciative of our services,” he said.
“For example, a patient from Monto can be airlifted to Bundaberg in 38 minutes.
“We try to work with community groups for fundraising, particularly as we are flying more and more missions each year.”
Mayor DonWaugh said a motion was passed to support the helicop- ter service and keep the State Government informed on its importance to rural areas.
“The donation was accounted for in this budget and is under review for the next budget cycle,” CrWaugh said.
“This is a highly important service.
“A helicopter can land next to a hospital such as on a designated helipad and no runway is needed.”
The AGL Action Rescue Helicopter is provided free of charge.
HEALTHY FLIGHT: Mayor Don Waugh accepts a plaque from Action Rescue Helicopter CEO David Donaldson in recognition of the council's support for the service.