FLASHBACK: LifeFlight helicopters regularly land at the top of the Blackbutt Range to assist the victims of crashes on the D’Aguilar Highway … the nearest ambulance stations are located at Yarraman and Kilcoy (Photo: RACQ LifeFlight)

June 15, 2021

Neither Blackbutt nor Kilkivan will get its own ambulance station at any time soon, Health Minister Yvonne D’Ath has confirmed.

In a Question On Notice to the Minister, Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington asked if the two towns met the criteria to be considered for an ambulance station.

Kilkivan is located on the Wide Bay Highway, while Blackbutt is on the D’Aguilar Highway near the Blackbutt Range.

Mrs Frecklington also asked if Blackbutt and Kilkivan do not meet the criteria for an ambulance station of their own, what other services could be provided, eg. more ambulances based in Murgon and Yarraman.

On Monday, Mrs D’Ath replied stating she had been advised the current level of resourcing for Blackbutt and Kilkivan areas was considered appropriate, based on demand.

“The community of Blackbutt is supported by the Yarraman Ambulance Station, which provides 24-hour coverage, seven days a week,” she wrote.

“The Kilkivan community is supported by ambulance stations at Gympie and Murgon, which provide 24-hour coverage, seven days a week for the communities and surrounding areas.

“The Kilkivan community is further supported by the QAS First Responder Group.

“The QAS continues to monitor demand and service delivery for Queensland communities and assign resources as required to ensure delivery of timely, quality and appropriate, patient-focused ambulance services.”

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