New Westpac Rescue base at Belmont receives $2m million grant

MONEYBAGS: Planning Minister Rob Stokes in Newcastle on Friday. Picture: Marina Neil

MONEYBAGS: Planning Minister Rob Stokes in Newcastle on Friday. Picture: Marina Neil

THE state government has chipped in to fund the Westpac Rescue Helicopter base at Belmont.

During a visit by NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes on Friday, the government announced it would contribute $2.3 million for construction of the new facility.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service will fund the remaining $3.2 million of the $5.5 million build.

The government’s contribution is funded through the Hunter Infrastructure Investment Fund. 

Mr Stokes said the new base at Lake Macquarie Airport would be an essential facility to service emergencies in northern NSW.

The facility was flagged as vital to meet the needs of a bigger population.

“This is an example of how we can harness the Hunter Region’s growth for the benefit of the public,” Mr Stokes said.

The project is the latest in a string to benefit from the HIIF in less than a month.

The new Westpac Rescue base at Belmont is expected to take over from the Broadmeadow facility by March next year. It will have aircraft hangar facilities, maintenance and training facilities and accommodation for pilots, crews, doctors and paramedics.

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