MAC Rescue Helicopter

MAC Rescue is South Australia's rescue helicopter service and conducts more than 1,000 missions across the state each year.

MAC Rescue comprises three helicopters and is used by the health and emergency service organisations to undertake medical retrieval, policing, bushfire management and search and rescue tasks.

MAC Rescue covers all areas of South Australia.

MAC took over the sponsorship of the State Rescue Helicopter Service in July 2009, further strengthening its commitment to reducing the number and impact of road injuries and deaths from motor vehicle crashes.

Who uses MAC Rescue?

A number of State Government organisations use MAC Rescue:

  • SA Health (MedSTAR Emergency Medical Retrieval Service) and SA Ambulance Service use the service to transport critically injured and ill patients from regional South Australia to major hospitals.
  • The SA Country Fire Service uses the service to assist fire-fighting operations in the country areas of South Australia.
  • SA Police use the service for crime prevention activities, search and rescue operations and also in the pursuit of motor vehicles and suspects.

Why is MAC Rescue so important to road safety?

Despite under a third of the State's population living in rural areas, more than half the casualties of road crashes occur on rural roads. Over 7,000 rural residents have been seriously injured or killed this past decade. In the same period, MAC has paid over $400 million for injuries arising from rural road crashes.

MAC Rescue is a critical part of rural road safety due to the emergency response services it can provide. On average, the helicopters respond to at least one medical trauma every two days, with the majority of these relating to road crash injuries. Furthermore, the helicopters physically attend about 12 serious crashes on country roads each month.

2016 Safe Cycling Awards

2016 Safe Cycling Awards

The Safe Cycling Awards will provide an opportunity to recognise excellence by South Australian local government.

Award criteria is based on initiatives that actively encourage safe cycling behaviours, where infrastructure improvements have enhanced cycling safety, and where councils have displayed active support for community cycling groups or programs which has led to safer cycling outcomes.

Along with the award and state-wide recognition for being a cycle safe city, winners of each category will receive a grant from the Motor Accident Commission of $2,000.

Councils will be divided into three categories based on location, size and capabilities:

  •  Metropolitan councils
  • Regional councils with a population under 10,000 residents
  • Regional councils with a population over 10,000 residents

Safer cycling elements are those that support safe cycling culture and education as well as providing environments that community members are confident to cycle in.

Contributions to safe cycling by councils in one or more of the following three areas will be considered in the judging process:

Physical – infrastructure that supports cycling and use of cycling equipment;

Cultural – behavioural change and awareness of cycling and safety; and,

Community – the support of community groups and events connected with cycling.

 

Applications open Monday 2 May 2016 and close Friday 2 September 2016.

Awards will be presented at the Local Government Association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) October 20-21 2016, giving winning councils the opportunity to share their initiatives and accept their award.

 

The Entry Process

 

1.     Download the 2016 Safe Cycling Awards application form here.

2.    Lodge your written application as a word document either via email to mac@sa.gov.au or via post to GPO Box 2438 ADELAIDE SA 5001.

3.    Ensure your application includes any supporting evidence such as pictures, documents, brochures, testimonials. Please note these will not be returned to applicants if lodged in hard copy via post.