No helicopter site rent: council

GYMPIE Regional Council will attempt to talk its way out of a State Government plan to make it pay rent on the emergency helicopter landing site at Rainbow Beach.

Works and Services Committee chairman Larry Friske told council’s general meeting council would approach the Department of Environment and Resource Management, asking that the Government’s planned annual rental fee for the site be waived. Council will argue that emergency services, including ambulance services, are more a State Government than a council responsibility and that council currently bears all maintenance costs.

“Council will be approaching DERM and requesting that the fee be waived,” Cr Friske told the meeting last week.

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