New hangar helps injured Queenslanders ‘get to the chopper’

Media Release


13 March 2018

Joint release with:

Mark Fewtrell

Executive Director, RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service

Michelle Landry

Federal Member for Capricornia

  • Construction complete on helicopter rescue services hangar in Rockhampton
  • New facility includes upgraded amenities for aircrew and staff
  • The Australian Government is investing $2.34 million in the project

The Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service will be able to deploy helicopters and crew from its base in Rockhampton much more quickly following the opening today of a new hangar and a staff amenities facility.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the service had been providing vital assistance for residents and travellers in the region for over 20 years.

“The new two-helicopter hangar will improve the ability of crews to respond to emergencies throughout central Queensland, such as rescuing sick and injured people, which will save lives,” Dr McVeigh said.

“This project also created 85 jobs during construction and will help support another 30 ongoing jobs in administration, aircrew and support staff.”

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the upgrade also included the construction of support facilities for staff and crew such as a reception area, six offices, toilet and shower blocks, sleeping quarters and a gym.

“Accidents and emergencies can happen at any time, and this facility will give our frontline workers access to quality facilities and equipment, ensuring they can continue to provide world-class search-and-rescue services in all conditions,” Ms Landry said.

“The rescue service was integral to central Queensland, operating 365 days a year and transporting around 350 people each year.”

RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service Executive Director Mark Fewtrell said the new facility replaces the existing 18-year-old hangar that the service outgrew a few years ago.

“It will also meet the requirements of an increasing population, projected industry demands and open up other opportunities to ensure the service will always be available to the people who need us,” Mr Fewtrell said.

The Australian Government invested $2.34 million in the project with the Queensland Government providing $1.4 million and the Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service Limited contributing the remaining $1.28 million.