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The Blair Athol Bush Sports committee and members present RACQ CQ Rescue representative Louise Blines with a $10,000 cheque at its Christmas in July party on Sunday.
The Blair Athol Bush Sports committee and members present RACQ CQ Rescue representative Louise Blines with a $10,000 cheque at its Christmas in July party on Sunday.

THE RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter is unfortunately a regular sight in Central Queensland skies.

But what is less known about the vital service is it takes $6 million to keep the lifesaving craft operating.

And even less known is volunteers are the foundation of the service, which is why the call is out for more people to put their hands up and donate their time.

RACQ CQ Rescue community co-ordinator Louise Blines, in Clermont on Sunday, humbly accepted the $10,000 donation from the Blair Athol Bush Sports Club, and said the money would go toward keeping the helicopter in the air.

"It's quite a significant donation and we're really grateful," Ms Blines said.

"Every year we need to raise $6 million to keep the service operational and it costs $6500 per hour to fly.

"To Clermont, it's just less than two hours so it's about $20,000 to get out to the town."

Ms Blines said the service averaged 1.5 missions a day, making it one of the busiest rescue helicopter services in Queensland.

But more volunteers are needed, and the call has been put out for reliable and honest people to help out.

"We only have about three at the moment," Ms Blines said.

"One is based in Nebo and the other two are in Mackay.

"We really need representatives in Clermont and Moranbah and Dysart and other local centres, because it is more convenient for the community."

To register your interest visit cqrescue.com.au.


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