Opening of Emergency Helipad and Dedication of Mark Bateman Memorial

Late Mark Bateman's (Fallen Police Officer) Children Jack & Daisy Bateman - Handprinting into Cement as part of Memorial
Friday, 11 December 2015
The Portland district community celebrated the opening of the city’s new helipad on 8 December 2015.

The official opening of the Blue Ribbon Foundation Portland District Health Emergency Helipad marked the culmination of a long and dedicated campaign over the past 9 years.

PDH CEO Chris Giles said the helipad was a community facility that came about as a result of great local support. The community turned out in hundred to join in the celebrations of the opening of this potentially life-saving facility for our district.

The Chairman of the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation, Bill Noonan, OAM, the President of the Portland Branch, Peter Corbett and President of Portland District Health Board of Management Michelle Kearney lead the opening of the Emergency Helipad.

The ceremony also included the dedication of a permanent police memorial in memory of Senior Constable Mark Bateman who died with his partner Senior Constable Fiona Robinson on May 20, 2000 when their divisional van was involved in a crash while answering a priority one call at Northcote.

The dedication will also be a celebration of community spirit and determination as it acknowledges the many organisations, individuals, trades people, suppliers and sponsors who have donated their professional skills, materials and other resources for the building of the vital emergency facility.

We should acknowledge Neil Soullier-Victorian Blue Ribbon Foundation CEO for his great support throughout the project, Peter Corbett-President of the Portland Blue Ribbon Foundation Branch and loyal committee, Peter Carr-Volunteer Project Manager, the many PDH staff previous and present who have lived and breathed helipad over the past 9 years, Carolyn Malseed for pulling together the opening with the Blue Ribbon committee and the many businesses and organisations who volunteered time and/or donated towards the project to make this happen. There are many other people that could be thanked, this list goes on and on and we are grateful for their support and assistance.

Business Donors to Assist Construct Helipad:


Hanson Concrete

Fulton Hogan

PFM Engineering

Bob Menzel

Parfrey Plumbing Pty Ltd

Mibus Bros

Bluescope Distribution

Lawrence and Hansen

Portland Sign works

Lions Club Portland

Keppel Prince Cranes

Mick Wilson Plumbing

Lovell's Group

Berry & Whyte Surveyors

Exile Concrete Pumping

Stickmans Contracting

Hammonds Paint

Peter Bell

Tutt Bryant


K J Vic

Brent Jennings Concrete

Michael Hunter - Icon Investments

R & C Eather

A.T.S (Graham Robertson)

Tim Black


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