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Construction of new helipad at Maclean complete

Construction of the new helipad at Maclean District Hospital (pictured) is now complete and became fully operational on Monday.

Completion of the new helipad will allow retrieval services to return to Maclean residents right on the hospital’s doorstep.

Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis said the new helipad will allow patients to be transported swiftly to and from the hospital to the retrieval helicopter, reducing critical time in an emergency.

“It is constructed on screw piles with a structural steel and mesh deck and has a new lighting system which are built into sections of the landing desk, and line marking in accordance with the new aviation safety and engineering guidelines.” Said Mr Gulaptis.

“I’d like to thank local firm Clarence Coast Constructions Pty Ltd who have done a terrific job working on the much anticipated project over the past six months as well as members of the Maclean Rotary Club who worked with me in securing funding for the new helipad.”

The new $750,000 structure was jointly funded by the NSW Government and the estate of much loved locals Merv and Yukki Sheehan in a deal announced in Maclean by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian in November 2018.