Scott Shorten could be considered the backbone of the Yowah community. From helping the RFDS for many years, to leading the Yowah SES, the whole community would call Scott if they were ever in medical trouble.
He is always there helping with the Flying Doctor clinics and when an emergency evacuation is needed.
Scott never panics in stressful situations and he makes sure no one ever loses their cool in pressing circumstances.
He has organised many fundraisers for the RFDS, along with multiple other organisations that are critical to the care and wellbeing of the community of Yowah.
Scott would, on many occasions, fire up the barbeque and cook up some food that he had saved for the pilots when they used to come out to the Yowah Airstrip for night landings.
For his incredible efforts, Scott was today awarded the 2018 RFDS Local Hero Award at a morning tea held at the RFDS Charleville Base.
Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) CEO Nino Di Marco says the RFDS Local Hero Awards, were established as a way of thanking and acknowledging those outstanding individuals who tirelessly and selflessly support the work of the Royal Flying Doctor Service in their region.
“It is heart-warming to have received Local Hero nominations from around the state, ranging from outback pubs developing innovative and fun ways to help raise funds for the RFDS, to workers on remote cattle properties who have jumped into action in an emergency, to caravan park operators who offer a bed to rest for our pilots.”
“On behalf of all of us at the RFDS here in Queensland we would like to congratulate and thank all Local Hero nominees across Queensland who work behind the scenes to support the work of the Flying Doctor teams.”