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Five more years for the SouthCare helicopter

By johnboy - 4 September 2008 15

Simon Corbell has announced that he’s done the paperwork to keep the SouthCare helicopter service flying over Canberra for another five years:

    The extension of the Snow Hydro SouthCare contract for another five years is great news for the community,” Mr Corbell said.

    “The rescue helicopter service has really made its mark as a vital service in the ACT and surrounding NSW for over a decade now, and the ACT Labor Government has ensured it will continue to do so.”

    Mr Corbell also announced a major boost to Snowy Hydro SouthCare’s sponsorship arrangements.

    “Three local organisations have come on board to support Snowy Hydro SouthCare as corporate partners – John James Memorial Foundation will provide $50,000; Capital Chemist will contribute $30,000; and Canberra Yellow have committed $25,000,” he said

    “Canberra Milk and Dairy Farmers will also continue their long-standing support of the Service with another $75,000 this year and will also sponsor the popular Celebrity Ballroom event in May 2009.

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Five more years for the SouthCare helicopter
RuffnReady 2:21 pm 05 Sep 08

I must be missing something, but please explain to me why part-corporate sponsorship is a bad thing in this case and cases like it where that funding in no way impinges upon or changes the service delivered?

Adza 10:28 pm 04 Sep 08

The ACT government should not be solely responsible for a rescue helicopter that services both ACT and NSW… it was not set up as an ACT rescue service, it was set up to service the ACT and south-east NSW.

It should be joint funding by the government with no need for private company sponsorship, and available for all…

Thumper 8:36 pm 04 Sep 08

Yeah, I agree. It is a really strange result on the poll.

As an emergency services volunteer I believe it should be fully government funded. God knows, volunteer ES workers (SES, RFS, St Johns, and whatever those dinky home guard fire people are called) already put in ten of thousands of hours a year. Of course, this contribution does not count when the beans are being counted.

I’m all for 100% government funding, and split between ACT and NSW given that a large percentage of dust offs are probably NSW anyway.

RuffnReady 8:15 pm 04 Sep 08

What a strange result on the poll! If you can have a business-govt financial partnership behind a community service like this, and it doesn’t affect or impede the service, as in this case, why not? More productive partnerships between business, govt and community groups is part of what our society needs!

Bundybear 7:40 pm 04 Sep 08

#1 Agreed
#2 Yep
#3 That’s not called a typo, it’s called a Freudian slip
#4 Yep
#5 Precisely
#6 Well said that man
#7 GGGGGGGRRRRRRRRRRRR indeed
#8 Oh so yes
#9 Indeed
#10 An understatement

How very unusual, a thread wherein all respondants are essentially in agreement. A first??

Granny 4:29 pm 04 Sep 08

I’m looking forward to that one – it sounds most exciting!

; )

peterh 3:30 pm 04 Sep 08

Loquaciousness said :

peterh said :

there are a couple of things that need to be done:

1. get the ACT govt to foot the bill for Southcare
2. move southcare away from the new gaol
3. move southcare away from the new gaol
4. move southcare away from the new gaol
5. stop commissioning mad swinging arm thingies (apparently art) on major roads.

Post coming shortly to RiotACT:

Inmate escapes from Alexander Maconochie centre – makes getaway in Snowy Hydro Chopper”

L

you know, it is only a matter of time….

Loquaciousness 3:09 pm 04 Sep 08

peterh said :

there are a couple of things that need to be done:

1. get the ACT govt to foot the bill for Southcare
2. move southcare away from the new gaol
3. move southcare away from the new gaol
4. move southcare away from the new gaol
5. stop commissioning mad swinging arm thingies (apparently art) on major roads.

Post coming shortly to RiotACT:

Inmate escapes from Alexander Maconochie centre – makes getaway in Snowy Hydro Chopper”

L

Loquaciousness 3:06 pm 04 Sep 08

Spideydog said :

It’s a bit of a mixed bag for me. If other organisations are willing to take on the cost to help finance things such as Southcare, that is great and is less of our dollars being used, that could be used elsewhere (not artworks).

It doesn’t look good that private organisations put in more money that the government does for such a vital service.

What concerns me is if these private companies were no longer in a position to help finance southcare, would the government step up to the plate ?? Works of art and alike are not “vital” services…..

Absolutely.

It’s interesting (although totally unsurprising, since we’re in the run up to the election) that Mr Corbell has given all the credit not to the people/organisations who have stumped up the funds, but to the “ACT Labor Government”. Just because you signed the forms, doesn’t make you the saviour of the thing. It’s that type of election rallying that really makes me mad.

L

peterh 1:39 pm 04 Sep 08

Spideydog said :

It’s a bit of a mixed bag for me. If other organisations are willing to take on the cost to help finance things such as Southcare, that is great and is less of our dollars being used, that could be used elsewhere (not artworks).

It doesn’t look good that private organisations put in more money that the government does for such a vital service.

What concerns me is if these private companies were no longer in a position to help finance southcare, would the government step up to the plate ?? Works of art and alike are not “vital” services…..

they are for a CM who wants a legacy of his rule.

there are a couple of things that need to be done:

1. get the ACT govt to foot the bill for Southcare
2. move southcare away from the new gaol
3. move southcare away from the new gaol
4. move southcare away from the new gaol
5. stop commissioning mad swinging arm thingies (apparently art) on major roads.

Spideydog 1:29 pm 04 Sep 08

It’s a bit of a mixed bag for me. If other organisations are willing to take on the cost to help finance things such as Southcare, that is great and is less of our dollars being used, that could be used elsewhere (not artworks).

It doesn’t look good that private organisations put in more money that the government does for such a vital service.

What concerns me is if these private companies were no longer in a position to help finance southcare, would the government step up to the plate ?? Works of art and alike are not “vital” services…..

johnboy 12:46 pm 04 Sep 08

It’s what he put in his media release, now you know who’s advising him.

p1 12:44 pm 04 Sep 08

The extension of the Snow Hydro SouthCare contract for another five years….

Are we allowed to point out the typos, or is that only in the burnout threads?

Spideydog 12:40 pm 04 Sep 08

^^^
Yep….

Aurelius 12:30 pm 04 Sep 08

So a quarter of a million in sponsorship is required, over and above what the government pays for this service?
If it’s a vital service, why isn’t the government paying for all of it? Isn’t that what taxes are for? Or are train wreck artworks on our roads more important uses of taxpayer funds?

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