ON WEDNESDAY, July 17 the region was buoyed by news its rescue helicopter service would receive additional state government investment to the tune of $2 million per year from 2015, but just days later were left devastated when it was announced Tamworth's winching operations would be immediately axed.
In the weeks that followed, the community has joined forces to begin a campaign movement demanding Health Minister Jillian Skinner reinstate the hoisting capabilities, fearing local lives could be at risk.
Deputy mayor Russell Webb felt compelled to act and organised a petition.
You can download it yourself and add to the signatures already collected.
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AUGUST 17, 2103: Petition to get the winch reinstated
DISGRUNTLED community members wanting to see winching capabilities of the local rescue helicopter service reinstated no longer have to sit idle, with the launch of a region-wide petition outside Tamworth Regional Council.
AUGUST 8: Winch decision makes no sense
The calls are getting louder in relation to the ceasing of winching operations at the Tamworth rescue helicopter base.
JULY 27, 2013: Winching imperative to helicopter rescue service
Westpac Rescue Helicopter support groups will petition for the winching capabilities to be reinstated if the health minister does not reverse the decision to cease the life-saving service.
JULY 22, 2013: Tamworth deputy mayor takes up fight for rescue helicopter
Tamworth deputy mayor Russell Webb has taken up the fight to retain the winching capabilities of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, saying lives could be at risk.
JULY 20, 2013: Chopper winches a casualty of reforms
The Tamworth-based Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service will cease winching operations from Monday.