Northern Rivers Echo

I have welcomed the findings of the independent review into the suitability of the new base for the Westpac Rescue Life Saver Helicopter remaining in Lismore.

I thank NSW Ambulance for seeking this review to investigate operational concerns relating to local weather conditions.

I had no doubt the review would reinforce that Lismore Airport is the best location for future helicopter operations to be based.

During my time as a Director of the Service or over its 30 years of operation I never recall there being any operational issues or limitations due to the weather.

I wish CEO Kris Beavis, the Board and Helicopter staff all the best as it now proceeds with the building of its new base & the opening soon of the hospital helipad, this will only enhance the world-class services it delivers to the Northern Rivers.

Minister for Primary Industries, Lands and Water Niall Blair is calling on the world’s best minds to apply for funding to develop innovative projects to help protect beachgoers from shark attacks.

New ideas and technologies are being sought to help build on existing technologies as part of the NSW Government’s $16 million Shark Management Strategy.

The NSW Government is offering a total of $200,000 to support national or international projects, which are aligned to the strategy, and can increase protection for beachgoers when hitting the water.

Grants are open to national and international applicants, and joint applications are encouraged. To apply for a grant, applicants should complete an Expression of Interest form. Selected applicants will then be invited to complete a full application.

Key areas for funding aligned with the NSW Shark Management Strategy include:

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Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email:

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.