New Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service sponsorship
May 23, 2012

The Service covers the towns across the Central Coast, Hunter, New England North West regions and some of the Central West, where many mines operate and where tens of thousands of the State’s miners live.


The announcement comes as the next stage of the NSW minerals industry’s education and awareness initiative gets underway to show why NSW can be proud of its world class miners and the industry’s contribution to the State.


“We don’t just support the economy, we support the community. Unlike the other mining States, our people tend to live and work near our mines and that’s why investing in our communities is so important,” NSW Mining CEO Stephen Galilee said.


“NSW mining supports a range of causes across the State including the SES, the RFS, mental health and men’s health programs, victims of domestic violence, Indigenous employment and education programs, the arts and junior sports.


“We’ve sponsored the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service for more than 30 years. Some of our members are also sponsors, and thousands of the State’s miners contribute to the Service from their wages every week. This long-lasting partnership has stood the test of time because the Service and its dedicated staff are so valued by the whole community. We are proud to help keep the Service in our skies so that they can help people in regional NSW when they need it most.”


Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service General Manager Richard Jones welcomed the announcement.


“This renewed partnership helps us to ensure we can keep providing this service to the community free of charge. The ongoing commitment from the mining industry is extensive, providing assistance throughout our volunteer network and to the families of those who have been airlifted,” he said.


The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service has grown from a part-time voluntary summer beach patrol in 1975 to world-class full-time aeromedical search and rescue operation. Four helicopters undertake more than 1,400 missions each year. The coal industry contributed $1 million through Coal Services Pty Ltd to fit out of a fourth helicopter recently added to the fleet.

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