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Northern NSW : Celebrating 40 years Rescue December2015
Aircraft update The Augusta Westland 139 helicopters that will be used to deliver services as part of the new contract with NSW Government are currently being built. Our engineering team was sent photographs from the factory recently with confirmation that the helicopters will arrive next year and will be ready for action in 2017. The mercury may have tipped the mid-30s, but it did not deter the record number of spectators filling Singleton’s Pirtek Park and cheering on their husbands, partners, fathers, sons, brothers and colleagues at the 2015 A-Plus Contracting Hunter Valley Mining Charity Rugby League Knockout Competition on 10 October. This year’s competition delivered hard-hitting action reminiscent of the National Rugby League. Bragging rights were on the line and players dug deep and gave their all. The highly anticipated grand final did not disappoint with the Austar Swamp Rats defeating the Ravensworth Rhinos 10-4. Whilst the competition pitted local mines employees against each other to claim the prestigious Charity Shield, the importance of the occasion was not lost with an incredible $45,000 raised on the day for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. Event manager Danny Eather was delighted with the overwhelming success of the day. ‘There was a great sense of community and being family-friendly with plenty of activities to keep all the kids entertained,’ he said. ‘Despite the warm weather, the players provided an entertaining day of competition, with many spectators remaining until the very last tackle in the deciding game. ‘Overall, everything exceeded our expectations and we look forward to doing it all again in 2016.’ Mr Eather also acknowledged all the players, event partners and sponsors, spectators and fellow volunteers that helped make the day such a success. ‘W hi lst there are just too many organisations and individuals to single out I would just like make a special mention of a few. They are Andrew Hughes of A-Plus Contracting, Gus Mather and Malcolm Wills of Pirtek, and our host Brad Solman, President of the Singleton Greyhounds United Rugby League Club. ‘W ithout your combined support the event would not have been the success it was.’ Great action and great success Austar Swamp Rats on the attack against Ravensworth Rhinos.
Rescue Aut 2016