Stay­ing air­borne

Res­cue ser­vice recog­nises lo­cal coun­cil con­tri­bu­tion

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS - ❏ Ge­orge Smith

AC­CESS to health care is a ma­jor is­sue, par­tic­u­larly in such ru­ral ar­eas as the North Bur­nett, where cer­tain med­i­cal ser­vices can be three or four hours away by road.

AGL Ac­tion Res­cue Heli­copter CEO David Don­ald­son was at the North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil meet­ing at Eidsvold on Tues­day to recog­nise the coun­cil’s sup­port.

The heli­copter ser­vice re­ceives 60% of its fund­ing from the State Government and 40% from cor­po­rate spon­sor­ship and com­mu­nity

“Peo­ple in ru­ral ar­eas such as the North Bur­nett are ap­pre­cia­tive of our ser­vices.”


In Oc­to­ber the coun­cil made a $10,000 do­na­tion to the ser­vice.

Mr Don­ald­son this week pre­sented a plaque of ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the coun­cil.

“Peo­ple in ru­ral ar­eas such as the North Bur­nett are very ap­pre­cia­tive of our ser­vices,” he said.

“For ex­am­ple, a pa­tient from Monto can be air­lifted to Bund­aberg in 38 min­utes.

“We try to work with com­mu­nity groups for fundrais­ing, par­tic­u­larly as we are fly­ing more and more mis­sions each year.”

Mayor DonWaugh said a mo­tion was passed to sup­port the he­li­cop- ter ser­vice and keep the State Government in­formed on its im­por­tance to ru­ral ar­eas.

“The do­na­tion was ac­counted for in this bud­get and is un­der re­view for the next bud­get cy­cle,” CrWaugh said.

“This is a highly im­por­tant ser­vice.

“A heli­copter can land next to a hospi­tal such as on a des­ig­nated he­li­pad and no run­way is needed.”

The AGL Ac­tion Res­cue Heli­copter is pro­vided free of charge.

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Photo: Ge­orge Smith

HEALTHY FLIGHT: Mayor Don Waugh ac­cepts a plaque from Ac­tion Res­cue Heli­copter CEO David Don­ald­son in recog­ni­tion of the coun­cil's sup­port for the ser­vice.

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