Farming Entity Saves Lives with Donation to Rescue Helicopter

Racecourse Projects CEO David Armstrong meets RACQ CQ Rescue CEO Ian Rowan to discuss the huge boost their donation of $5000 will make to the Annual Appeal and lifesaving work of the service.

Mackay’s largest cane farming organisation is helping keep the region’s rescue helicopter flying to the rescue with a generous donation to their annual appeal.


Racecourse Projects, a partnership between Mackay Sugar and Proterra Investments, has given a $5000 boost to the RACQ CQ Rescue 2017 Annual Appeal to help continue their lifesaving aeromedical work across the region.

Racecourse Project chief executive Officer David Armstrong said it was vital the farming entity invested in the rescue helicopter service given the remote locations where many farmers lived and worked.

“We hope we never have to use them, but donating to RACQ CQ Rescue is a great insurance policy for our farms and their workers. It’s reassuring to know this incredible service is available in the event we ever need them,” Mr Armstrong said.

“The rescue chopper is a great fit for us and it makes sense for us to donate to a local charitable organisation like them, not just on behalf of the farming community, but for the benefit of the community as a whole.”

Mr Armstrong visited the hangar at the Mackay Airport yesterday and met RACQ CQ Rescue CEO Ian Rowan to inspect the Bell 412 helicopters.

Mr Rowan said in the 21 years since the rescue chopper commenced operations in the area, they had rescued, transferred, retrieved and winched more than 7500 people. The necessity for such a service was obvious with the number of missions increasing considerably each year, he said. Last year, the Mackay-based rescue helicopter completed 573 missions.

“Most of our patients never envisage they will need our help, but when they do, they become very aware how important it is to have a community-funded helicopter rescue service at the forefront of rapid response critical care on call 24/7, 365 days a year,” Mr Rowan said.

“Without RACQ CQ Rescue, many lives would be lost or changed forever,” he said.

“Thankfully, we have community-conscious organisations like Racecourse Projects who generously donate to our annual appeal to ensure our life-saving service is available to people in our community when they need it most.”

RACQ CQ Rescue is responsible for an area four times the size of Tasmania which includes the western coal mining areas of Clermont, Moranbah and Nebo, the sugar-cane growing areas of Sarina and Proserpine as well as the tourist destinations of the Whitsunday Islands and Airlie Beach.

Please help save lives by donating to the 2017 RACQ CQ Rescue 2015 Annual Appeal by visiting the