The John McNally Emergency Helicopter Landing Pad at Ararat Hospital

HOSPITAL-ARARAT-1.jpg    Stage 2 of our commitment to the community of Ararat and their hospital was the construction of an emergency, helicopter landing pad that adjoins the already established John McNally Emergency Department. This project was undertaken in partnership with our Regional Branch in Ararat who then engaged their local community to not only assist with fundraising but to also provide materials and construction expertise for the helipad. This resulted in one of the most modern facilities of its kind in Australia and has been accepted as the standard for new structures.

Automated transponders were installed along approach paths to activate landing lights and alert emregncy department staff of an inbound flight. The helipad provides a first-response air-ambulance resource for the local community and surrounding district, 24 hours a day. Cost of this project was $150,000 funded as a partnership between the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation, its Ararat Regional Branch and the Ararat Rural City.

The Emergency Helipad was dedicated as a Police Memorial to Sergrant John McNally in October 2006 by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Kieran Walshe, APM.