Legacy of the Royal Flying Doctor Service commemorated in the heart of Esperance

Two-years of planning and more than 20-years of local volunteer service was celebrated at the unveiling of the Royal Flying Doctor Service Esperance Auxiliary mural on March 2.

Long-serving volunteers were joined by councillors, politicians and RFDS WA chief executive officer Rebecca Tomkinson to cut the ribbon on the vibrant hand-painted artwork by local artist Phil Shelton.

The corner of Dempster and Andrew Street now depicts more than 90-years of history and serves as a reminder of the importance of the service to the health and wellbeing of regional families.

The service conducted more than 8,500 flights last year, including 256 flights to the Esperance airport.

The flying doctor touched down in Esperance six times last week alone.

Addressing the crowd at the official ceremony, chief executive officer Rebecca Tomkinson thanked the auxiliary for its tireless support.

"I am here today to pay my extraordinary respects to this incredible community who have raised more than a million dollars over many years for us and our service and it is because of them that we can do what we do each and every day," she said.

"We need to raise more than $10 million a year to operate and we can only do that with the generosity of West Australians and you represent that generosity. This country community is just amazing."

"I want to congratulate the Esperance Auxiliary and particularly Phil for his beautiful work of art, it helps remind people of who we are."

Flying high: Esperance Auxiliary members Marilyn Hart, Helen Scott and chief executive officer Rebecca Tomkinson. Photo: Sarah Makse.

Flying high: Esperance Auxiliary members Marilyn Hart, Helen Scott and chief executive officer Rebecca Tomkinson. Photo: Sarah Makse.

Mural sub-committee member Marilyn Hart beamed with pride as she thanked more than 50 sponsors.

"Thank you to our sponsors, without you this wouldn't have been possible, it's been two years in the making and it has been truly a celebration of the 90-years of the flying doctor," she said.

"We thank you so much, it has exceeded our expectations so much so that we have an excess of over $7,000 which will go into general fundraising."

Sub-committee member Helen Scott thanked Mrs Hart for instigating the project and artist Phil Shelton for bringing the dream to life, who she presented a certificate of appreciation.

Auxiliary secretary Dominique Woosnam and her seven week old baby Joseph, both took a flight on the RFDS within six weeks of each other.

She said she didn't know what she would have done without the service, which had touched so many regional families.

"You can't fault them, you felt so cared for. The condition I was in, I couldn't even fathom driving, I was in a lot of pain and just the worry with a seven week old... it erases all that," she said.