Helipad

This project is now complete, with an official opening in the near future.

 

A list of Frequently Asked Questions deveoped during the project is provided below:

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Why aren't Health paying for it?

The Council CEO is still in discussion with Health and will discuss further at the HAC meeting on Tuesday 6 October 2015.

 

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Why at Flagstaff Hill? 

The selection of Capt. Morgan Park was made after a full inspection of all opportunities around Kingscote by representatives from SASS, SA State Rescue Helicopter Services, Chief Pilot of MedSTAR, DPTI, Country Health Services and Council. As you would expect, the leads in the discussion were the Manager of SA State Rescue Helicopter Services and MedSTAR Chief Pilot and after careful consideration of all of the alternatives their preferred sites is Capt. Morgan Park.

 

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Will the tower and northerly winds pose a problem on approach?

The Chief Pilot is of the opinion that these factors will not pose significant problems as the location will allow for several directions of approach.

 

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Why not at the Kingscote Oval?

The Oval is not a preferred location for the helicopter. MedSTAR policy is that the facility needs to be permanent and able to be utilised at any time in all weathers and ideally within hospital premises. They are moving away from the use of ovals for landing sites due to the implications for serviceability during winter and the concomitant risks that traffic on oval surfaces can subsequently cause for players.

Other than the Oval itself there is insufficient suitably level surface that may be used for landing on that has clear access for an ambulance to approach the helicopter. The current helicopter is 4.8t in weight and the new replacement helicopter is anticipated to be 6.3t fully laden. A concrete pad is a must for the helicopter to securely park on in all weathers. There is also the need for a cleared area around the helicopter free of obstacles etc of 900sqm - the rotor span is 18m and therefore there is effectively 6m clearance either side. It is also important that this area has a secure surface to protect both the chopper and onlookers from the rotor wash throwing loose materials around.

The new stretchers that are being procured for the SASS are 106kgs in weight and fully electronically controlled - in part to mitigate the WHS implications around manual handling for the SAAS volunteer members and the obvious need for critical patient comfort and security. They may not traverse unmade surfaces. A concrete slab, fenced, clear hard standing surrounding it, safe approaches and an all-weather access to the slab by ambulance are simply not possible at the Oval site.

 

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 Why not at current location?

This area is owned by DPTI with a small parcel being owned by DWENR and has been destined for disposal by these Government agencies.

It is also not feasible to integrate an emergency Helicopter Pad within a small commercial business area.

 

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 Why did we spend money on the current location?

It was identified last year that we should find a more suitable location for the upcoming winter season and the current location was selected as a temporary location until further discussion/consultation could be conducted in relation to a suitable permanent location.

 

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 Why not at the airport?

It takes 20 minutes to travel from Kingscote to the Airport (by Ambulance) and anther 20 minutes for the return trip and as there is a limited number of Emergency Helicopters to cover the entire State of South Australia. It would be irresponsible to have such a valuable asset tied up for an additional 40-60 minutes when a closer location is available.

 

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 What is the cost for Council to do this?

Click here for Cost Summary.

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 Why not just up from the current location (north)?

This would still require an Ambulance - it is closer but still not close enough to not need an ambulance.

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 Will the area have lighting?

It would be nice to have but is not a regulatory requirement. However, it would be ideal to install a 'downward light' on the Tower to provide illumination when loading/unloading patients on and off the Helicopter. The light would be located in such a position that it would not be facing the houses across the road from the proposed pad.

 

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What about power on site?

There is a Sub-Station on site already.

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Has a formal application been made to HAC for funding?

No, but a formal discussion will be conducted with HAC at the next HAC meeting on Tuesday 6 October 2015. 

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Is the ground sutiable at the proposed location?

Council is of the opinion that the ground is suitable.

 

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What is the difference between the RFDS and Helicopter Service?

The RFDS has become more of a medical service where the Helicopter is utilised more for emergencies.

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Who makes the decision to use the helicopter or RFDS?

The Doctor(s).

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What was the percentat of Helicopter use versus RFDS use (approx)?

The RFDS average for the past 12 months is approximately 220 trips.

The Helicopter averages 1-2 trips per month.

 

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 If lights are installed on the tower, who will manage it?

Council will manage the process and/or develop an appropriate procedure.

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 Will the light switch be vandal proof?

Council will endeavour to ensure minimal opportunity for vandals to access this area.

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Phone: 08 8553 4500 | Fax: 08 8553 2885 | Email: kicouncil@kicouncil.sa.gov.au
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