Helipad Project Starts At PDH

Thursday, 11 September 2014
Preliminary works have started on Portland’s new helipad with power lines in Bentinck Street being removed.

PowerCor is carrying out the work over three days this week.

The lines need to be removed to allow for the safe arrival and departure of the emergency helicopter.

The works mark the start of the helipad project which is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The helipad is being built between Sea View House and the hospital emergency department and design plans are now being finalised.

Apart from removing power lines, the project requires a new parking layout, installation of traffic lights and relocation of whale pots from the Ploughed Field site.

PDH has been working on the helipad plan for several years in partnership with the Blue Ribbon Foundation and the Committee for Portland.

Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation CEO Neil Soullier will be in Portland on September 10 as part of fund-raising plans for the project.

The Blue Ribbon foundation has already made a strong financial commitment to the project and will be doing more fund-raising in the next few months.

Peter Carr from G.R Carr Pty Ltd has been appointed project manager.

PDH CEO Chris Giles said it was exciting to see work start on the project.

The helipad will provide a safe and efficient way to evacuate patients in need of urgent life-saving care outside of Portland, she said.

The helicopter will arrive over the Ploughed Field site and hover across to the hospital at about 100m above Bentinck Street. Traffic lights will be installed at either end of the street and will be activated only when the helicopter is arriving and departing.

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