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Northern NSW : Summer 2011
Scone’s Barwick brothers lasting legacy A generous gift by Sydney and Percy Barwick to the Service and five other community based organisations showed their great sense of community. The two Scone brothers donated the proceeds of the sale of their property, Bickwar Park, and their belongings totalling about $2.4m, in a demonstration of their commitment to the people of Scone and the Hunter Valley. The other beneficiaries were Strathearn Village, TransCare, Scott Memorial Hospital, Scone Ambulance and Salvation Army. The executor of the estate Peter MacCallum, a close friend of the brothers, said he was pleased to see the estate finalised and see funds being used to benefit local people. McCallum Inglis, the agent who conducted the sale, also donated the commission to the Scott Memorial Hospital to purchase equipment. Mildred’s Overhaul The Service’s BELL 412 SP, affectionately known as ‘Mildred’ after a lady left a bequest to the Service in 1993, is undergoing a major 3,000 flight hour inspection at Helicentre in Caloundra, Qld. She will be off-line for 4 months while she is ‘stripped down’ and engineers appraise the state of her airframe, body, engines, gear box and other major components. Her fuel cells are removed, cavities inspected for corrosion, main rotor drive components overhauled or exchanged if needed, and she will be repainted. ‘Mildred’ flies about 800 hours per year and while she is offline, her work is being done by the Service’s younger, enhanced BELL 412EP ‘Betty’. The Central Coast office of APEX Insurance is a corporate partner for the Service. Not only did APEX sponsor the latest Central Coast Golf Day at Magenta Shores, but they are also sponsoring the Crew Chief, Peter Cummings. APEX Insurance is now one of many corporate partners that enjoy a Beneficiary representatives of the Barwick Estate met in Scone in August to formally accept the funds APEX Insurance new sponsor relationship with the Service. APEX’s General Manager, Darren Hutton said that the Ser vice is such a valuable part of the Central Coast that it seemed natural to be involved. “We are ver y proud to have developed this strong relationship over a period of time and now to be involved formally with the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service is good for our company, our customers and the community” he said. At the Central Coast Golf Day in October 120 players hit out at 7.30am in perfect weather for golfing and raised $12,000 for the Service. Other corporate sponsors on the day included Regional Development Australia Central Coast, STAR FM; Central Coast Express Advocate; Roses2Go and Lollypotz. Crew Chief Peter Cummings showing the APEX Insurance logo on his flight suit.
Winter 2012 redo