He­li­pad’s a dream come true for SES

Town’s new ‘great as­set’ makes Graeme a very happy man

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS - ❏ Sue Har­ris

A HE­LI­PAD on Mun­dub­bera’s SES grounds was of­fi­cially opened last week af­ter the Bendigo Bank pitched its sup­port.

Deputy Mayor Faye Whe­lan was joined by board mem­bers of Mun­dub­bera’s Bendigo Com­mu­nity Bank, SES, other emer­gency ser­vice and hospi­tal per­son­nel and com­mu­nity mem­bers when she de­clared the he­li­pad open.

Af­ter the 2010/2011 floods the Bendigo Bank ran a na­tion­wide ap­peal re­sult­ing in more than $270,000 coming in to Mun­dub­bera for projects to make the town more re­silient.

And one of th­ese projects was the he­li­pad.

“It will be a great as­set,” Cr Whe­lan said.

“It’s safe for com­mer­cial and chop­per pi­lots and al­lows them to re­fuel here.”

Mun­dub­bera SES chief Graeme New­man said the SES had dreamed of hav­ing a he­li­pad for 10 years.

“We’ve al­ready re­fu­elled one chop­per here – it’s great,” Mr New­man said.

Bendigo Bank board mem­ber Alex O’Neill thanked the SES for their ef­forts dur­ing the floods.

“The money spent on the he­li­pad and other Bendigo Bank projects around the town like the re­fur­bish­ment of CWA, show­ground bar­be­cue, the shade area at kindy and pur­chase of de­fib­ril­la­tor will pro­vide up­dated sup­port for any fu­ture dis­as­ters,” Mrs O’Neill said.

“Dur­ing the flood the air­port­was cut off from town and fa­cil­i­ties weren’t ideal for those who had to be evac­u­ated.

“Now the show­ground is a bet­ter emer­gency ser­vices base, the CWA can pre­pare meals and the kindy has a suit­able play area for the kids and other projects are be­ing rolled out.” ■ Have your say on the re­gion’s new he­li­pad by email­ing sue.har­ris@cnbtimes.com.au.

MAKINGADIFFERENCE: Ana­tional Bendigo Bank ap­peal brought more than $270,000 to the town for projects such as the he­li­pad. The he­li­pad will make the com­mu­nity more re­silient when dis­as­ters strike the area.

NEW HE­LI­PAD: The new Mun­dub­bera he­li­pad is clearly vis­i­ble from the air and lo­cated in a high, dry spot be­hind the SES shed.

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