Funding announced for rescue helicopter

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Michael PhilippsSouth Western Times

The RAC Rescue Helicopter will continue to operate in the South West after long-term funding from the State Government was announced on Monday morning.

Speaking at the helicopter’s Bunbury Airport base, Premier Mark McGowan said the service would receive $9.3 million a year and has been allocated $27.9 million in forward estimates.

“Today’s announcement underscores the importance this Government puts on vital regional infrastructure and provides certainty of service for the South West,” he said.

“I’m pleased that, for the first time, my Government has secured long-term funding for this important emergency service.”

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Last financial year, the helicopter transported 172 patients and since it began operating in February 2016, the helicopter has transported more than 283 patients.

Bunbury MLA Don Punch said the announcement brings an end to speculation over the future of the service.

“I have raised my community’s concerns with the Premier and Minister and I’m pleased they’ve moved swiftly to secure this funding,” he said.

“The Bunbury community can now rest assured that the helicopter will remain, long into the future.

“The South West Emergency Rescue Helicopter is a priority for my community and this funding will allow it to continue to provide its outstanding service to the South West.”

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