Community to have say on hospital helicopter flight paths

The Andrews Labor Government is engaging with communities as it moves to protect the flight paths at hospitals for helicopters transporting ill and injured Victorians for treatment.

The Government is applying for changes to planning schemes to protect the emergency helicopter flight paths.

Seventeen public hospitals across Victoria, including Bacchus Marsh now have planning protection for emergency helicopter flight paths.

This proposed amendment will seek to apply Design and Development Overlays as well as remaining public hospital helipads in Victoria.

Design and Development Overlays protect flight paths from being obstructed, meaning emergency helicopters can reach the hospital as quickly as possible.

A community drop in session will be held for local residents to find out more about the proposal will take place at Bacchus Marsh Hospital, 29-35 Grant Street, Bacchus Marsh, Wednesday 20 April, 5.30-6.30pm.

Written submissions can be sent to until 13 May.

The amendment documentation, including maps and aerial photos of areas to be protected, is available at

Don Nardella MP said:

“We want to ensure that patients in the Moorabool/ Melton areas can get the care and treatment they need, as fast as possible.In these communities emergency helicopters play an extremely important role in transporting critically ill patients to hospital – and it’s vital that we make sure they have a clear and unobstructed path to get to the hospital.
We want to hear from the community and local residents about any concerns they might have, and I encourage people to have their say.”