- $29.95 million funding for second emergency rescue helicopter service
- Bunbury-based rescue helicopter will service South-West, Peel and Wheatbelt
A second emergency rescue helicopter providing life-saving services to the Western Australian community will be based at Bunbury Airport.
Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis said the new service would work in conjunction with the Perth-based emergency rescue helicopter to deliver critical medical care 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
“The State Government is committed to providing a world-class emergency rescue helicopter service to the Western Australian community,” Mr Francis said.
“A second rescue chopper will not only help South-West and Great Southern communities but will allow the current Perth-based service to better respond to incidents in the Wheatbelt and Mid-West Gascoyne.”
The State Government has allocated $29.95 million from the Royalties for Regions program over four years to establish the service.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the State Government would continue to invest Royalties for Regions funds in key community projects that enabled regions to grow and contribute to strong economies.
“Having a second emergency rescue helicopter based in the South-West will without doubt save lives and improve the safety of people living and travelling in regional WA,” Mr Redman said.
The helicopter will respond to incidents including road crashes, emergency hospital transfers and search and rescue operations.
- The Bunbury-based emergency rescue helicopter service and the Perth-based service each have an operating radius of up to 500km before refuelling
- Hundreds of lives have been saved since the establishment of the Perth-based Emergency Rescue Helicopter Service in 2003, with more than 4,230 missions flown
- The two services combined will cover more than 95% of the State’s population
- For more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture - Regions
Emergency Services Minister’s office - 6552 6500
Regional Development Minister’s office - 6552 6700