Portland Blue Ribbon Foundation Helipad Opening

Tuesday, 1 December 2015
The Portland district community is invited to celebrate the opening of the city’s new helipad on December 8 commencing at 11.30am for a noon opening.

The official opening of the Blue Ribbon Foundation Portland District Health Emergency Helipad will mark the culmination of a long and dedicated campaign.

PDH CEO Chris Giles said the helipad was a community facility that came about as a result of great local support. Now we want the community to come along on December 8 and join in the celebration of the opening of this potentially life-saving facility for our district, Ms Giles said.

The official opening marks the culmination of a seven-year community campaign to build the emergency helipad.

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 will lead the official opening.

The ceremony will also include 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.

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