By Angela Norval
It is all too easy in our fast-paced world to forget the services we have available to us until we need them.
This is often the case with RACQ LifeFlight Rescue, which from various bases provides an exceptional service saving many lives.
Thankfully, locally LifeFlight has a dedicated group of community leaders who continue to work hard to champion RACQ LifeFlight Rescue and its dedicated Bundaberg crews; the Wide Bay-Burnett Regional Advisory Committee (RAC).
Looking at this committee, it brings together a group of people from very different backgrounds who are joined in their passion for maintaining this vital service.
Seeing the work of committee chair Neil McPhillips, it is very clear that he is strongly connected to his community and he is recognised as a business and industry leader in the Bundaberg and North Burnett regions.
Neil is noted for his success in driving the establishment of The Foundation for the Sustainable Economic Recovery of the Bundaberg Region (known as Bundaberg Region Rising).
This foundation was established to assist Bundaberg-based business and industry to recover from natural disasters and to set the platform for recovery, rebuilding and renewing.
Neil’s deputy chair is another well-known and respected member of the local community, Dale Rethamel.
While Dale is a strong advocate and passionate supporter of the local community, it is also interesting to note that as well as running his own business for 15 years, he has a Bachelor Degree in Criminology, Politics and Public Policy.
Looking at the qualifications, experience and community commitment of the rest of the members of the committee, including Bundaberg lawyer and partner of MRH Lawyers Michael Waters, member of Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett Scott Rowe, chair of the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board Peta Jamieson, Sealink Fraser Island group general manager David Hay, retired local councillor John Zahl and Bundaberg Today general manager Ingrid Barham, it is clear they are working towards a strong future for LifeFlight.
The work of the passionate RAC, helps to keep this valuable service ever-present in people’s minds today, to ensure that is available for them and their loved ones tomorrow.