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STATEMENT by LifeFlight on proposed new helipad at Mount Isa Hospital.

LifeFlight welcomes the announcement by Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick on the construction of a new helipad on the grounds of Mount Isa Hospital.

The decision to spend around $1.6 million to build a new car park and helipad at the hospital will allow the Mount Isa-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter to again land at the hospital from next year.

The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter has been landing at nearby Kruttschnitt Oval since August last year when it upgraded the local rescue service to a Bell 230 helicopter.

“The decision by the Health Minister to invest in a new car park and helipad is a welcome outcome after months of discussions between LifeFlight, Queensland Health, Mount Isa City Council and other key stakeholders,” said LifeFlight Chief Operating Officer Brian Guthrie.

“Any improvement to local infrastructure which allows us to get patients which we have airlifted closer and more quickly to expert medical care is a good outcome.”

The Queensland Government decision was also welcomed by the Chair of the Aeromedical Joint Operations Oversight Committee for Mount Isa, Tony McGrady.

"Our committee appreciates this support from the Queensland government. This is a shot in the arm for the service and demonstrates that when people of goodwill work together in the interests of their community, anything  can be achieved,” Mr McGrady said.

“This gesture from the State Government, together with other announcements which the Minister made while in Mount Isa augurs well for the future of our service to the people of the outback."