New LGH helipad supports local jobs

Guy Barnett, Minister for Health

The Rockliff Liberal Government’s $15 million LGH helipad project is giving a boost to the local economy, plus ensuring Tasmanians can access the right healthcare, at the right place, at the right time.

Minister for Health, Guy Barnett, said the government is doing what matters for Tasmanians with this new helipad, which will be a vital piece of infrastructure for the north, and support Tasmania’s health professionals provide the very best in emergency medical care.

Northern Tasmanian fabrication business, Haywards Steel Fabrication and Construction, is assembling helipad modules at Western Junction in preparation for installation of the new helideck at the LGH at the end of February.

This part of the project is supporting 35 local jobs at Haywards, including six apprentices. These jobs are on top of the 240 jobs at Vos Construction and Joinery which the overall construction project is supporting.

Each of the nine helipad modules are nine metres by nine metres and weigh seven tons.

With a transport escort, each finished module will be relocated from Haywards to the helipad site and lifted into place by a tower crane at the end of February.

Once assembled and installed, the modules will form the new LGH helicopter landing platform, featuring state-of-the-art technology to maximise safety and support incident response.

Construction is on track to be ready to receive helicopters in mid-2024.

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