18 June 2013

Federal grant to Snowy Hydro SouthCare facility helps provide aid

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Catherine King, Gai Brodtmann, and Mike Kelly today all combined forces to announce a $500,000 federal grant to the Snowy Hydro SouthCare facility to aid them in providing emergency services.

Federal Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann said the funding will provide for the construction of a training and administration centre next to the organisation’s current helicopter base in the ACT, allowing for the colocation of its operations base and helicopter pad.

“Combining the centre’s administrative and operational bases will deliver faster, more effective services to the ACT region and communities, as well as increase the capacity for public interaction with its famous helicopter. This is an important aspect of raising the organisation’s public profile and funding,” Ms Brodtmann said.

Snowy Hydro SouthCare is the primary Aero Medical and Rescue Helicopter service in the region and has completed more than 5000 missions since it was established in 1998.

UPDATE: Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, has just welcomed the grant announced today. Why he wasn’t involved in the above announcement I don’t know. Kinda seems like it involves him doesn’t it? Still if he’s happy, then I’m happy.

“The grant from the Regional Development Australia Fund will go towards the construction of an administration and training centre near the existing base for the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Rescue Helicopter at Hume,” Mr Corbell said.

The new facility will cost around $1 million dollars to build. Snowy Hydro SouthCare’s operating company will cover the remainder of the cost by matching the $500,000 grant given to the fundraising committee.

Mr Corbell said the building would significantly enhance the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Fund’s corporate and community fundraising activities in support of the rescue service.

“The Snowy Hydro SouthCare Rescue Helicopter operates around the clock and is currently tasked on an average of two missions a day,” he said.

“The specially trained flight intensive care paramedics and physicians provide a high standard of aero medical retrieval and rescue, saving lives throughout the ACT and southern NSW.

[Image from Catherine King’s twitter]

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Updated with Simon Corbell’s response.

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