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Flying doctor patient pod one step closer for Emerald Airport

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A royal flying doctor patient pod in Central Queensland is one step closer, after getting a green light from local Council.

Central Highlands Regional Council have given in-principle support to the project in its latest meeting, meaning planning can move on from concept plans.

Royal Flying Doctor Queensland Service's Nev Conway says it means the project can now look into funding.

"The total cost of the build is approximately $500,000," Mr Conway says.

"So we'll start the financing and planning and all the steps we need to take to make this project a reality."

Mr Conway says they transfer around 500 people out of Emerald each year for emergency or specialist care.

"At the moment they're exposed to the elements, the heat and sometimes the rain," Mr Conway says.

"This facility means that transfer can happen outside the elements and in more comfort for the patient."

Image: Royal Flying Doctor Service / Central Highlands Council Meeting Minutes