Darling Downs Health Board member Ms Trish Leddington-Hill said the opening of the Tara Hospital Helipad would be remembered as a great day in the history of Tara Hospital.
“This helipad is a tremendous addition to the Tara Hospital and an invaluable asset to the community,” Ms Leddington-Hill said.
“With Toowoomba as the nearest tertiary referral hospital it’s vital that helicopter transfers from rural areas can be completed as quickly as possible.
“This was a joint project between Darling Downs Health and Shell QGC and we are extremely thankful to Shell QGC for providing funding, for flood studies, design and construction, including a state-of-the-art pilot-activated lighting system.
“It was also very pleasing to see construction undertaken by a local firm, Chinchilla-based Western Downs Civil.”
Ms Leddington-Hill paid tribute to the people of Tara and surrounding areas who contributed to the project.
“I would like to acknowledge the Tara Helipad Users Group, which included representatives from the Tara Futures Group, Tara Consumer Consultative Committee, Tara Neighbourhood Centre, Western Downs Regional Council and Tarcoola Aged Care facility, Weranga Rural Fire Brigade and Queensland Ambulance Service,” she said.
“This was a project for the whole community, so it was fitting that local people were involved in the planning.
“I would also like to congratulate the Darling Downs Health Infrastructure Division for their role in managing the project.”