04
Oct

Five new helipads have been built on the Overland Track to increase the safety of walkers and search and rescue aircrews.

Parks and Wildlife Service acting Northwest Region manager Brendon Clark said the helipads have a working load of five tons and safer boardwalks for approaches and departures.

They have replaced the former timber helipads at a cost of $250,000.

New helipads have been built on the Overland Track to increase the safety of walkers and search and rescue aircrews. Picture: SUPPLIED.
New helipads have been built on the Overland Track to increase the safety of walkers and search and rescue aircrews. Picture: SUPPLIED.

Mr Clark said helicopters and the helipads are a lifeline for the Overland Tracks — a remote area with no road access.

The Tasmanian Air Rescue Trust funded the helipads attached to overnight huts at Windermere, Pelion, Kia Ora, Windy Ridge and Pine Valley.

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