Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

New hangar helps injured Queenslanders ‘get to the chopper’

Media Release

JM006/2018

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.