Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Our Chopper Dances with Hunter for a Super Service

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Our Chopper Dances with Hunter for a Super Service

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Byline: REBECCA LOLLBACK rebecca.lollback@northernstar.com.au

THE Lismore-based Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter will team up with the Hunter service in an effort to win a State Government contract to cover a new northern "super region".

General manager Kris Beavis said the partnership with the Hunter's Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service meant they would be eligible to make a tender application.

Tender documents for the aeromedical service will be released this month, and will be open to commercial and not-for-profit operators.

Mr Beavis said it would have been "financially impossible" for the Lismore service to tender for the large area on its own.

But he stressed that the new partnership with the Hunter service would not impact on the helicopter's day-to-day operations.

"All money raised by our local community will stay in the local area," he said. "It is very important to us to do whatever needs to be done to protect our community's interests. …

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