$29.7m for helicopter
Following significant pressure from industry and the wider WA community, $29.7 million in funding for the Bunbury RAC Rescue Helicopter has been allocated by the State Government to keep the service operational beyond the end of the current financial year.
The Bunbury RAC Rescue Helicopter, which faced the chop due to the previous State Government failing to commit funding past June 2018, was launched in early 2016, and has had more than 140 missions since its inception.
WAFarmers general policy executive officer Grady Powell said the 24/7 helicopter service was able to reach areas where road ambulances often couldn’t.
“Agriculture is an industry which can involve remote living and higher risk activities, and for people in those areas, access to fast and reliable emergency services is an absolute must,” Mr Powell said.
“These helicopters are a critical resource when dealing with what can often be life and death situations as they can reach areas that are not easily or quickly accessible by road.
“Regional and rural communities should not be forced to rely solely on road access by emergency vehicles; instead they should be complemented by the additional emergency service, which can be airborne within 15 minutes of a call.”
WAFarmers congratulates all involved in fighting for this vital service, and applauds the State Government for its support.
The RAC Rescue Helicopter is a vital service for those working in the agriculture industry.