Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Kather­ine Kokko­nen kather­ine.kokko­nen@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

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