Stephen Tapner


The Westpac Rescue Helicopter operates 24-7 from three bases in Belmont, Tamworth and Lismore to provide the highest standard of aeromedical, search and rescue services for all people in Northern NSW.

The Service responds to a diverse range of incidents requiring aeromedical support, from people suffering life threatening medical conditions, to those injured on roads, rural properties, workplaces, the bush, ocean and waterways and sporting fields.

The Service also undertakes hundreds of inter-hospital transfers each year to connect patients in regional hospitals with major trauma and intensive care services in major centres where they can receive the specialist medical care they need. 

Four AW139 aircraft service an estimated 1.5 million people throughout Northern NSW, from the Hawkesbury River to the Queensland border. Every emergency response mission includes a Pilot, Aircrew Officer, NSW Ambulance Critical Care Paramedic and NSW Health Doctor and depending on the specific needs of each patient may include a specialist nursing professional. Crews are supported by experienced planners and licenced in-house Aircraft Maintenance Engineers at each of its bases.

Since being established in Newcastle (1975), Lismore (1982) and Tamworth (2000), the Service has been ever grateful for the support of sponsors, volunteers, community groups and donors like you. All money raised supports your local service. Thank you for supporting the “Community’s Own” Westpac Rescue Helicopter in Northern NSW.

My Achievements

First Donation

Donated to myself

50% of target raised

75% of target raised

100% of target raised

110% - Above & beyond

Thank you to my Sponsors


Parts Plus Australia

From all the Parts Plus Members. Looking forward to seeing the photos. Good Luck and stay safe & dry!


Scott Mackenzie


Mike Lambert


Jason Gardiner


Sgs Parts Plus

good Luck Steve - and Hope the rain stops! Regards sheyrl & Geoff


Anne Pickering


Avo Balkejian

Good on you Steve.


Mark Pickering


Bob Wiles

No sitting Steve we want you at the front


Bernie Dewitt


Tasmanian Auto Recyclers

Great work Steve! All the best for this year's ride from Tasmanian Auto Recyclers!


David Diehm

Have a great ride!


Paul Drinkwater

Go Tappets!



Have fun


Paul Daniel Sleishman


Lynda Bradshaw

Enjoy the ride!


Jayne D

See you in Mudgee!


Brett Thomas

If you fall off and die, I want my money back. If I fall off and die in the meantime....well....get the money from the missus.


Matthew Lamperd