Regional leaders have joined forces across the region to help shape the future of RACQ LifeFlight Rescue's operations.
The committee met for the first time in Mount Isa on Thursday December 12 and set their sights on aspirations for the helicopter service, which performed 49 lifesaving missions in the last financial year.
Members of LifeFlight's North West Regional Advisory Committee worked towards a long-term goal of upgrading the local service to a larger helicopter and strengthening relationships with the Queensland Ambulance Service and RFDS.
The LifeFlight RAC will also look for fundraising opportunities in the region to boost awareness of the helicopter crew's work in the region.
Led by former Mount Isa Mayor Tony McGrady, the Regional Advisory Committee includes Cloncurry and Richmond mayors, as well as representatives from QAS, Mount Isa Rotary South West, Glencore and Bell and Moir Autos.
Member for Traeger Robbie Katter will contine his support of LifeFlight as patron.
LifeFlight Board Deputy Chairman (Non-Executive) Jim Elder said RACs in other parts of Queensland have been successful in building on LifeFlight's strong connections with communities, providing the service with community input and raising funds.
"I'm looking forward to the successes that will come with having a group of community leaders working together," Mr Elder said.
"I'm very happy that Tony McGrady and Robbie Katter have accepted important roles with the committee."
Mr McGrady said he was delighted with the results of the first meeting.
"The calibre of people that sat around the table were very impressive. They came from a wide range of callings," Mr McGrady said.
"The reason I personally wanted to become involved is that there has to be a realisation that the wealth of our state rests with people that live in remote parts and in times of need LifeFlight is there."
LifeFlight's Director of Community Development Leanne Angel said the group made a strong commitment to come together early next year, to work further on a strategy.
"There was a lot of real interest in the room, as well as a lot of great questions about the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue service in Mount Isa," Ms Angel said.
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