The small community of Buckland between Springsure and Tambo has a new emergency airstrip.
The Buckland Road airstrip was officially opened at the Buckland Recreation Club’s annual Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) fundraiser on 16 June.
Cr Gail Nixon officially opened the bitumen airstrip and presented a brass plaque to the RFDS.
‘The new bitumen landing strip is essentially a section of Buckland Road and a great improvement from the old, dirt airstrip at the Buckland Recreation Club,’ she said.
‘Council worked with the RFDS and pilots on its construction and it will ensure that people in the area have access to vital help in medical emergencies.
‘The RFDS is an integral part of the community out here and I’d like to thank them for their assistance to people in the area.’
The annual fundraiser day brought together around 80 locals from Buckland and surrounding areas for a day all-things-health. Medical staff and nurses flew in with a RFDS plane to hold first aid demonstrations, healthy eating displays, mental health talks and conduct skin checks.