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QCoal Foundation announces new $3 million dollar social venture partnership

Further extending its long-standing relationship with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) (RFDS), the QCoal Foundation is proud to announce a new $3 million social venture partnership to facilitate the construction and operation of the RFDS Aviation Training Facility in Bundaberg.

This innovative new facility will house one of the world’s only Beechcraft King Air B360 flight training simulators and will support the introduction of the B360 Beechcraft King Air aircraft into the Queensland fleet of the RFDS.

While the training outcomes will support the current operations of the RFDS, this facility will also attract pilots from right across Australia and Asia – creating valuable economic diversification for the Bundaberg region and a sustainable commercial opportunity for the RFDS.

The world-class facility is expected to cost up to $20 million and will be supported by the QCoal Foundation and the Australian Government. Construction of the Aviation Training Facility is expected to start in the coming months.

Christopher Wallin, QCoal Foundation Board Chair said the QCoal Foundation’s commitment had secured the future of this essential project for Queensland and Australia.

“We know economically-diverse communities are resilient communities and attracting an innovative, world-class facility to regional Queensland not only supports strong health outcomes but sustained economic benefits and opportunity.

“We also know that Government, philanthropy and not-for-profit collaboration can deliver real value to the communities and the state,” Mr Wallin said.

“We are very proud to again be partnering with the RFDS in a project that will enhance the resilience of regional and remote Queensland communities.”

The QCoal Foundation and the RFDS previously partnered to develop the RFDS Dental Service. This partnership applied innovative technology to create a mobile dental service to provide oral healthcare to regional and remote communities across Queensland.

The RFDS Dental Service has provided world-class oral healthcare to over 15,000 patients and is the primary source of dental care in over 20 Queensland communities. Now funded by the Commonwealth Government, the service was the subject of recent research that indicated that for every $1 of funding received, the RFDS Dental Service had generated $1.80 in economic and social benefits for the state of Queensland.

The QCoal Foundation looks forward to continuing to apply our social venture approach to philanthropy to deliver ongoing economic and social benefits for regional and remote communities through our new partnership with the RFDS.