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Landing Pad For Mortlake

Landing Pad For Mortlake

$50,000 Donated To Fund Mortlake Emergency Helicopter Landing Area

Mortlake will soon have an all-weather emergency landing area, allowing emergency helicopters to land on a new hard surface at the Mortlake Recreation Reserve.

Mick Murphy OAM of the Mortlake Recreation Reserve Committee of Management, said the donation of $50,000 from the Mt Fyans Wind Farm would put an end to ambulances being bogged, when trying to transfer patients to emergency helicopters on the oval.

“Currently emergency choppers have to land on the oval and this has presented several problems, including the ambulance being bogged and patients then having to be carried to the helicopter in rain and wind,” Mr Murphy said.

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“This new landing area will mean emergency transfers can be made much more safely, with the road ambulance now able to drive right up to the emergency helicopter.

The emergency helicopter landing area is the first part of the next project identified in the MRRCOM Master Plan for the Reserve.

Ambulance Victoria Senior Team Manager HEMS4 (Acting) Ben Hespe said the initiative will help them to ‘provide outstanding emergency healthcare every time’.

“It will certainly make it easier and safer for us to care for and transport patients, particularly at night and in inclement weather,” Mr Hespe said.

Mt Fyans Wind Farm Project Director Giles Rinckes said the company was thrilled to support an important project that was a perfect fit with the company’s community support framework.

“When we were approached by the working committee earlier this year, we saw this project as a prime opportunity to support a very important project for Mortlake and the surrounding community,” Mr Rinckes said.

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