FUELLING UP TO SAVE LIVES
AN EMERGENCY service will now spend less time on the ground.
A new refuelling station at Monto Airport will help RACQ CareFlight helicopters respond more efficiently.
The station could be the first of many, as the Mayor hopes to roll out similar facilities across the North Burnett.
“It comes down to safety of residents and for us to attract people to come to our region they have got to feel safe,” Mayor Don Waugh said.
AN EMERGENCY service that has helped hundreds of North Burnett residents is now getting a little help in return.
Mundubbera Community Bank and North Burnett Regional Council have co-funded a refuelling station and storage area for the RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopter.
The bank and the council have contributed more than $6700 for the refuelling station.
Establishing the station will involve putting a portable tank on the tarmac, which will allow for more efficient refuelling of helicopters.
Mayor DonWaugh said accessibility to Jet A-1 fuel was a necessity in Monto.
“Because Monto is so out of the way, it needs the fuel capacity to accommodate flights,” Cr Waugh said.
“This is something we have to deal with in regional areas because of the great distances.”
CrWaugh said he would like to roll out similar facilities across the North Burnett.
He said the Monto station was an initial step and the council would need to look at what needed to be done to provide similar facilities in other centres.
“There is a need to facilitate helicopters that transport people who are ill or have accidents,” he explained.