Helipad’s a dream come true for SES
Town’s new ‘great asset’ makes Graeme a very happy man
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 email@example.com.
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.