The local Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service is close to many hearts and registrations are now open for the Byron Bay to Ballina coastal fundraising walk that will take place on 21 May.
Having fundraising on the mind many people have been asking what will happen to the money it raises as the old structure under the Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) is set to be dissolved and a new larger organisation, the Northern NSW Helicopter Rescue Service, takes over?
And what will happen to all the hard-earned funds raised by locals in the past? Will they stay local or go to other areas? What happens to the local jobs that the rescue service has provided?
Under the constitution once all the debts are paid any left over ‘funds will be evenly distributed to local community charities and the Surf Life Saving movement. This includes current funds, as well as those from the sale of any remaining assets,’ said Kris Beavis, general manager of Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service.
‘The redistribution includes existing funds including those from fundraising activity. Northern NSW helicopter rescue service (CEO Richard Jones), has stated the funds raised in this region will be used to provide aeromedical services in this region.’
Mr Beavis added that all current staff have been offered employment with the new service operator.
‘All benefits and entitlements, including long service leave, remain in place,’ he said.
‘All employees have been offered roles consistent with their current expertise, with some staff accepting promotions in alternate roles in the larger organisation. Northern New South Wales Helicopter Rescue Service will work with employees to ensure their skills and experiences are best utilised in the new operation. The aim for all parties is a seamless transition for our employees and community during the coming weeks and months.’