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Flying Doctor renovations almost complete

Wednesday, 31st December, 2008

Flying Doctor staff begin to move into their new surroundings in a little over a week, as the $3 million expansion of the Broken Hill base nears completion.

Following a 10-day break over the Christmas and New Year period, work on the major redevelopment at the airport resumes on Monday.

Administration will be first to occupy the new base with staff expected to move in during the week commencing January 12.

Next will be the new museum tourism centre, which is expected to open towards the end of February, followed by medical services in March.

Work will then commence on refurbishing offices in the existing medical hanger.

Transformation of the base, a converted airport terminal which has been home to the RFDS South Eastern Section for the past 25 years, began in February.

Funding has come from a Federal Government grant and donations from the Michael Bishop Foundation and Broken Hill Women's RFDS Auxiliary.

The project will extend the existing RFDS facilities to provide medical consulting rooms and teaching facilities for medical, nursing and dental students.

The museum and visitors' centre will also be enlarged along with offices for Corporate services, who now administer six bases across three states for the RFDS South Eastern Section.

A large number of local businesses and contractors have provided work, materials or equipment for the development, which has also seen the carpark enlarged.

Staff have been working from transportable offices since work began while the tourism centre relocated to the town square.

An official opening has been slated for April.

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