ARMIDALE Dumaresq Council (ADC) has thrown its full support behind the region’s chopper service, calling on locals to sign the petition to save the winch.
Mayor of ADC Jim Maher said the feature offered a faster and more effective lifesaving service for the people of the district and encouraged citizens to show their support.
“Council urges people in our local government area to sign the petition to keep the winch on the helicopter,” Cr Maher said.
“We live in the middle of world heritage national parks and spectacular gorge country.
“The winch has helped save lives in this region and our council wants it to continue to do so.
“Time is of the essence in such situations and the winch has significantly cut the time in rescuing people and getting them to hospital, thereby improving their chance of survival.”
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The state government ordered the Tamworth-based Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service stop winching operations in July, citing safety concerns. Since then, 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.
Tamworth deputy mayor Russell Webb felt compelled to act and organised a petition which is available for signatures from customer service at ADC in Rusden St, Cr Maher said.