Brisbane Airport has unveiled plans for a $72m state-of-the-art aeromedical base that will be home to the Royal Flying Doctor Service, LifeFlight and Queensland Health facilities, and could save lives in all corners of the state.
The 14,000sq m site located between Brisbane Airport’s two runways at the northern end of the precinct will feature new patient transfer services, state-of-the-art hangars for emergency planes and helicopters, as well as administration areas and a medical base for regional patient and donor transfers.
With more than half of Queensland’s five-million-plus population living outside of the Greater Brisbane area, the Queensland Regional Aeromedical Base will allow emergency teams to launch into action within minutes, which could be the difference between life and death for patients in far-flung corners of the state.
Brisbane Airport Corporation chief executive Gert-Jan de Graaff said the airport offered an unparalleled aeromedical address with the size and flexibility needed to deliver the base.
“As the heart of the Queensland network for patient retrieval and medical transfers, the Queensland Regional Aeromedical Base at Brisbane Airport will enhance the network of aeromedical bases located throughout regional Queensland,” he said.
“Brisbane Airport is the logical choice for such a facility, providing the quickest possible response time to get planes and helicopters in the air and on their way to the regions and bring patients into Queensland’s major hospitals.”
BAC is working with the state government, RFDS and LifeFlight to finalise plans for the base, with federal government approval also required to proceed with the facility. Construction of the facility will support an estimated 200 jobs with another 220 direct jobs that will contribute an annual economic benefit to the state of $100m.
The base is expected to be finished in April next year.
It is one of several developments slated for the airport precinct, with the BNE Auto Mall on track for completion in 2024. The $1bn auto mall is slated to include leading car brands, automotive research outfits as well as a high-performance driving circuit and entertainment centre.