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Northern NSW : Spring 2011
Tamworth’s Events with a difference A ‘Segway Celebrity Challenge’ was held at The Atrium in Tamworth recently and raised $600. First place was Roshani Priddis a former Australian Idol entrant who easily beat the boys. Senior Pilot Dave Davies was second and Pixie Jenkins the country music fiddle player extraordinaire, placed third. The Miniature Trains rides at the Botanical Gardens were very successful with many Tamworth families enjoying a day out. The volunteers cooked a BBQ, conducted a colouring-in competition and a ‘land the coin on the helipad’. The helipad was immersed in a drum of water. Senior Pilot Dave Davies with the winners. Tamworth Volunteer Support Group gain speed on their train ride Tea Gardens helipad After more than 3 years of work by two dedicated volunteers from the Buladelah Suppor t group, the Tea Gardens helipad was eventually ‘open for business’ in July 2011. Rusty Sargeant and Val Brown worked closely with the local Tea Gardens community to establish the pad by raising funds, gathering in-kind donations of building materials from local businesses and convincing locals to help with construction. The land was donated bu Crighton Lifestyle Resort. The Tea Gardens Hawks Nest community relies fairly consistently on the rescue helicopter and is appreciative of the work completed. The location of the landing pad is now well known to local emergency services and to the crew at the Service. It is an important asset for the future. Congratulations and thanks to Rusty and Val for their tireless efforts. At the opening of the Tea Gardens landing pad Chief Pilot Mike de Winton (right) with Cliff Marsh Chair of the Board and Rusty Sargeant, Val Brown and Rex Sargeant (Volunteers). Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Spring 2011 Page 17