Case Study D3: Sunshine Coast Helicopter Rescue Service new hangar
In 2006-07, under the Regional Partnerships Programme, the Sunshine Coast Helicopter Rescue Service was granted funding of $500,000 (GST inclusive) as a contribution towards the construction and completion of a new helicopter hangar facility, specifically for earthworks and civil engineering site preparation, concreting, tilt slabs, metalwork and roofing.
The Sunshine Coast Helicopter Rescue Service is located at Maroochydore, 100 kilometres north of Brisbane, and covers a large geographic area in South East Queensland from Caboolture in the south to Miriam Vale in the north and west to Mundubbera. It serves the Sunshine Coast community, the immediate hinterland and isolated regional centres in the Burnett region. The rescue service is a valuable and essential service for over 652,000 people in its primary area of operation.
The new hangar complex was completed and launched on 22 September 2006 and offers operational space for three helicopters and maintenance space for one additional craft, office and aircrew facilities, rescue and medical equipment storage, a general storage area and an enclosed courtyard for reception as well as amenities for staff and visitors.
By contributing towards the construction and completion of this new helicopter hangar, the Regional Partnerships Programme has assisted the Sunshine Coast Helicopter Rescue Service to provide vital support to the rural and regional communities in the large geographic area of South East Queensland.