The new Burke and Wills airstrip is officially open for business.
With help from Queensland's Transport and Main Roads department and Cloncurry Shire Council, the Royal Flying Doctor has resurfaced the worn out airstrip, to allow safer delivery of air services to the remote region 180km north of Cloncurry.
As well as new fencing and lighting the waterproof upgrade has significant earthworks to ensure it is flatter and has the right approach and is serviceable throughout the whole year.
The project got a big helping hand when an anonymous woman donated $150,000 to the project.
RFDS Queensland Section chair Mark Gray who attended the opening ceremony on Friday November 1 identified the donor as the Bell family, which provides rural contracting services in the area.
"The Bell family have contributing a lot of money over a period of time and have been wonderful supporters of the flying doctors," Mr Gray said.
"We look after people in the bush and people look after us in return."
Cloncurry Shire Council thanked the donor and others who heped the project along.
"Shout out to the big-hearted anonymous donor who set this projects wheels in motion and to The Burke & Wills Roadhouse, RFDS North West Queensland Community - Mount Isa Base, Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, The Department Of Transport And Main Roads, Commins Contracting, Australian Agricultural Company and everyone who made today possible," Council said.
"The Cloncurry Shire Council was honoured to be the driving force of this initiative and see it come to fruition."
The only business in the area is the Burke and Wills Roadhouse owned by Ben and Cheri Stanger and they held a game of cricket and a visit from Santa later that day.
The Stangers thanked all involved in upgrading the airstrip to allow a perfect landing surface for RFDS planes in time of need.
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