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Funds needed to keep the Westpac helicopter in the air

Westpac Helicopter flies on average 6-7 missions per week.
Westpac Helicopter flies on average 6-7 missions per week.

THE Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter still needs all the community support it can get.

The Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner announced $2.2 million funding for the Lismore Base Hospital and Lismore Ambulance Station in order to match the 24/7 model used by the Westpac Live Saver Rescue Helicopter.

The Rescue service has a pilot and crew on standby 24 hours a day, and now thanks to this new government funding the hospital and Ambulance in Lismore can provide doctors and paramedics around the clock as well.

Still relying on the support of the community for 70% of funding, the Helicopter service is over the moon with the announcement but wanted to make it clear what the funding was actually for.

Reports of a new super base for the chopper service in Lismore from 2014 is false, operations staying were they are for the foreseeable future.

Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter General Manager, Kris Bevas was quick to clarify the situation.

"As the region's rescue helicopter service, our funding needs remain the same.

We still require the ongoing support of the community to help donate nearly 70% of our annual $6.7m operating budget," Mr Bevas said.

Topics:  westpac lifesaver rescue helicopter



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