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Gina Rinehart’s crusade on red tape in Australian Agriculture

by 27 April 2018

By “Prime” Ag News,  Apr 27, 2018

Australia’s wealthiest woman is on a crusade, and she has the red tape choking the agricultural sector in her sights. If the sector is to survive and prosper, says Gina Rinehart, government must urgently cut the regulatory burden.

Rinehart says that while there are opportunities in agriculture, they won’t be realised until barriers facing business are reduced.

“Each of our agriculture industries needs to be focused on what can happen when government burdens get too high, hence costs get too high,” she says. “And in turn they should speak out continuously against increasing red tape and compliance burdens, payroll tax, escalating stamp tax and licences, and other government burdens, to help protect their very future.”

She says there is no helpful place for government intervention in the commodities export market “but our international customers will buy our products, if they remain cost competitive and reliable.”

Whenever people hear the names Rinehart and Hancock, they think of the mining sector. Rinehart’s wealth is built on iron ore, but it’s Australia’s agricultural sector that is gaining her attention.

In 2016, Hancock bought the $386.5 million cattle empire S Kidman & Co as a majority partner in a joint bid with Chinese group Shanghai CRED. And just before Christmas, cattle and properties in western Queensland acquired from veteran Australian wagyu producer Wally Rea were added to the stable.

The acquisitions made Hancock one of the top beef producers in Australia, but Rinehart says few people know that the family has owned cattle stations stretching back decades earlier than Kidman.

Her great-grandparents founded several of the first stations in the north, including Ashburton Downs with its famous cattle brand, Hancock 3 b.

“Our international customers will buy our products, if they remain cost competitive and reliable.” Gina Rinehart

Rinehart was raised on Mulga Downs station, in the north west, owned at that time by her grandfather and father. Then it was a sheep station, but later switched to cattle and remains in the family’s hands. “I loved my life on those stations,” Rinehart says.

The combined Kidman and Hancock herd will reach 300,000 head, placing Hancock among the top three beef producers in Australia. Last year, The Hancock Group launched its new full-blood wagyu beef brand for export to Asia.

There is also strong demand for the 2GR brand in the Australian fine dining market, Rinehart told the Financial Review earlier this year. “We are very pleased to be moving our 2GR wagyu into Australia’s best restaurants, and would like to maintain this as a priority,” she says. Rinehart wants to highlight the critical need for Australia’s agricultural industry to be cost competitive. In 2015-2016, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the total value of Australia’s agricultural production was $56 billion. “Internationally, given the important fact that most of the markets for our agriculture are actually overseas, we must compete globally to underpin our cost competitiveness and enable Australian agriculture’s sustainability,” Rinehart says.

According to PwC’s 2018 CEO Survey, Australian leaders claim regulation is the biggest threat to growth in the year ahead, alongside cyber security.

Rinehart says we need to lower all forms of government cost burdens, be that red tape, compliance, taxes or ever-increasing licence costs.

She says if cattle giant Sidney Kidman faced the current government tape and compliance burdens, the empire he created would never have been possible. Rinehart would like Australians to receive more education about where things come from and the contribution agriculture and its related industries make to Australians’ lives.

She says 16 per cent of Australia’s private sector workforce is based in agriculture or related industries and every year each Australian pastoralist and farmer provides enough food on average to feed 400 other Australians and export enough food to feed about 600 people living overseas.

“Let’s think about those 1.6 million employees in our agriculture industry and the income tax they pay, and the tax from the 130,000 agribusinesses in Australia, not just company taxes but payroll tax, stamp duty, the GST and licences,” Rinehart told the National Agriculture and Related Industries dinner in Canberra recently.

“These business and employment taxes help to show a very important picture of agriculture, an industry vital to our country and its future. And I haven’t even spoken about the importance of reliably feeding Australians with fresh and clean produce.”

PwC Food and Agribusiness advisory partner Tim Lee agrees that there is strong demand for Australian agricultural products, and there are opportunities to grow the sector through promoting Australia’s clean and green image.

“In Asia, especially, there are opportunities for Australian produce, where clean and green food is sold at a premium. Having healthy food that is safe to eat is something we take for granted in Australia,” he says. “As we continue to export more food the need and demand for food security and trust in the supply chain continues to grow.

We send lamb to the Middle East, beef to Vietnam, Korea and Japan, and have recently exported live cattle to China from northern Australia. Australia’s almonds go everywhere, especially India, in large volumes, and our fresh fruit and vegetable produce is well-regarded in Asia. Australia punches above its weight on the export market due to our small population and relatively large production base.”

Lee says free trade agreements with the US, China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia have helped Australian food producers and will continue to do so over the next decade.

“Export tariffs on Australian beef to China, which are currently up to 25 per cent, will cease by 2024, making Australian producers more competitive. There really are genuine opportunities across a range of commodities as a result of these sorts of agreements,” he says.

With the trade environment becoming more favourable for Australian producers, the focus will turn to production rather than trade and making the most of resources in Australia, such as land and water.

Rinehart says Australia is a lucky country. “Lucky that we have abundant land and water and sunshine. But we will be unlucky if we don’t use it.”

Australian Resources & Investment Magazine – National Mining and Related Industries Day

by 15 April 2018

Australian Resources & Investment Magazine – National Mining and Related Industries Day

Latest tech all the go at Fossil Downs

by 23 March 2018

 by Matt Sherrington, Farm Weekly
22 Mar 2018

SINCE 2016, Rick Ford, manager of pure Droughtmaster herd operation Fossil Downs at Fitzroy Crossing, has been embracing agricultural technology innovations to help improve overall efficiency, animal welfare and staff safety.

Rick and his family moved from a nearby property to run Fossil Downs nearly two years ago.

“The property is 394,000 hectares and has the Fitzroy and Margaret Rivers on the doorstep,” Rick said.

“These two water sources present a major opportunity for agriculture in Australia.” He said the herd continually fluctuated with purchases, sales and natural increases but there were almost 20,000 head on the property.

Rick said they began trialling modern agricultural technology innovations on the property soon after he took up his management position at Fossil Downs.

“We use data management software to collect stock data which is uploaded to the cloud every night and syncs with our head office in Perth,” he said.

“This data is transmitted and accessible from many positions instantly.

“We’re also using an ultrasound pregnancy testing machine to provide a less intrusive, more comfortable process for our cows, which also provides us with greater accuracy.” Rick said a walk-over weigh platform had been set up in the paddock at a watering point which provided the staff with data on each individual animal that passes over it.

“It has the capability of drafting off animals at a target weight range and provides other relevant data from the paddock direct to our computers or phones,” he said.

“We can access information on rainfall, hourly images of the water levels in our troughs and tanks, the density of cattle in a specific area, satellite images of pasture growth and many other useful and crucial pieces of information.” Rick said solar technology was being rolled out to reduce their reliance on diesel.

“This can be witnessed onproperty with the solar bore pumps, solar hot water and solar lighting we have installed, which are reducing operational costs across the board,” he said.

Digital mobilised radios are also in use, which Rick said has greatly improved communications across the property and significantly enhanced safety standards for employees.

“Our employees wear their radios every day, this keeps staff in close contact so that if an accident was to occur on our million acre property, the employee can push the emergency button triggering an alarm on every radio across the station to raise awareness,” Rick said.

“These learned technologies from the mining industry substantially improve staff safety.

“For example our GPS tracking system ensures that if a vehicle breaks down we can track them in real time and send

out assistance at a rapid pace.” Rick said the water points had been increased to lower the distance cattle have to walk, reducing their stress and to assist staff with paddock utilisation through grazing management.

“To support the increased water points we’ve increased fencing and we’re moving the herd towards a more controlled mating routine which ensures calves are born at a time where the lactating cow can maintain peak condition, again improving animal welfare, particularly supporting calves more holistically,” he said.

Rick said he always kept a keen eye on new innovations that could be adopted into the beef industry and said many exciting projects were evolving.

“The use of drones on the property is something we’re looking into closely and we’re attempting to ascertain how they could be used to complement our business, both economically and environmentally,” he said.

Rick said Droughtmasters have been used on Fossil Downs for 30 years and were brought in by former owners John and Annette Henwood who “did a tremendous job in developing the herd”.

He has purchased significant numbers of Droughtmaster bulls since he took over as manager and he has been very pleased with how they have performed.

“In 2016 we had a very big wet with extreme humidity which challenged the purchased bulls a bit, but they adapted well and came out stronger and better for it,” Rick said.

Herd development aims for a polled beast that is soft and mature with a high fertility rate, which are grown out to 350kg then sold to the local market.

“The poll gene from the Droughtmaster is a great selling point,” Rick said.

“We always test for the poll gene.

“We want a high semen count and strong morphology results.

“The bone structure must be dense and the beasts must have a safe sheath and definitely not be overfed.

“They have a great temperament, which is balanced with the breed’s muscle formation and physical style.

“Their genetic makeup brings high performance in terms of fertility which creates greater returns to the business and improves the herd.” Rick said there was a large stand of feed at Fossil Downs to keep the cattle in good shape.

“This is all part of our management plan,” he said.

Rick said he loved being a beef producer as it’s a “fantastic life not just for me, but, also for bringing up my four daughters with my beautiful wife Stacey”.

“When you stand back and look into the industry for the most part everyone is positive,” he said.

“We definitely see growth going forward.

“If we get government support in WA I believe not only Fossil Downs, and not just cattle, but the whole of the Kimberley will grow and prosper.

“We just need access to water from our rivers and recharging aquifers year round so we can together make the Kimberley a powerful agricultural force in Australia.”

Concerns mount over red tape among Australian miners

by 11 March 2018

Anthony Barich
7 March 2018
SNL Metals & Mining Daily: West Edition

As Australia’s miners brace themselves for the impact of the U.S. president’s decision to tax steel imports at 25%, the chair of Australia’s single biggest iron ore mine has lavished praise on Donald Trump, who she says could teach a thing or two to local politicians, as industry red tape concerns gather pace.

Mining magnate Gina Rinehart — executive chairman of Roy Hill Holdings Pty Ltd., owner of the Roy Hill mine — lauded Trump’s “trailblazing” economic reforms while addressing the 500 Club’s inaugural State Shapers Series Lunch Feb. 28.

“The U.S. is showing, with their tax and tape cutting, they welcome investment and all of the associated benefits that go with it of sustainable jobs, rising living standards and higher wages, and bringing people out of the problems of being on the dole,” Rinehart said.

“Isn’t it time our governments knew this, and did something significant about this, not just say they are cutting red tape.” She added that Australia’s red tape was significantly higher than under the notorious “anti-business, socialist” Whitlam government of 1972-1975.

The comments came just days after Canadian think tank the Fraser Institute’s Annual Survey of Mining Companies for 2017 revealed that Australia’s highest-ranked state for investment attractiveness, Western Australia, where the Roy Hill mine resides, dropped from third in 2016 to fifth behind Finland, Saskatchewan, Nevada and Ireland.

Minerals Council of Australia CEO David Byers said in a March 5 statement that it was “alarming” to note that some Australian states were only just ahead of “tiny” African nations like Burkina Faso in perceptions of government policy that influence mining exploration investment.

“Australia’s world-class mining sector is handicapped by over-regulation, red tape and duplicated environmental laws across most jurisdictions — all of which limits job creation and prosperity, especially in regional communities,” Byers said.

The survey responses also showed some large drops in the Policy Perception Index scores — a measure of the attractiveness of mining policies — for the Northern Territory, Victoria and Western Australia and their relative rankings against other mining regions.

While New South Wales’ global ranking improved, its index score still dropped, ranking in the bottom half of surveyed regions this year along with Victoria, with both states ranked as having comparable policy settings to Burkina Faso (ranked 55), Ghana (51) and Guyana (56); while Fiji (37) also outscored those two states.

Australian regions scored particularly low on ratings of taxation regimes, with less than 9% of respondents rating existing tax systems as encouraging investment — far below the 30%-plus scores received by perennial survey high fliers Finland, Ireland, Saskatchewan and Sweden.

Association of Mining and Exploration Companies CEO Warren Pearce told S&P Global Market Intelligence that while Australia still has a “very good” reputation as a place to do business, there has been some high-profile government initiatives around bringing in greater revenue from the mining industry, citing the unsuccessful attempt by Western Australia’s new Labor government to lift the gold royalty from 2.5% to 3.5% in 2017.

He said the Fraser survey provided an important lesson to governments: “Understand that capital is mobile, and when you bring in these sort of changes to an industry that has long-term investment, it’s going to have some impact.”

“That said, Western Australia particularly but other states as well, are still very prospective and very favorable places to do business,” he said, but added that there was also an underlying understanding that costs were higher in Australia, which was offset “to some degree” by the country’s low sovereign risk profile.

Yet Omar Khan, the head of corporate development at cobalt-focused junior High Grade Metals Ltd. — which will start trading on the ASX on March 7 after a reverse takeover of Quest Minerals Ltd., and is shifting its focus to Austria rather than Australia — said the decision had nothing to do with any issues of perceived sovereign risk.

Khan, who started at High Grade in the week of March 2, told S&P Global Market Intelligence that the company did not see any material issue in looking for opportunities in Australia, which was still highly regarded among capital markets.

“The advantage of our cobalt assets being based in Austria was the significant car and battery manufacturing that exists nearby,” Khan said.

“Even from a capital markets perspective, most of the cobalt mineral explorers are listed either on the ASX or in Toronto. They’re the markets of choice for explorers, which says a lot about doing business in Australia, even if their underlying asset isn’t always located in Australia.”

TRUMP VS OUR LEADERS: NO CONTEST. CHECK THE ECONOMY

by 2 March 2018

Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun
02 March 2018

Mining and cattle tycoon Gina Rinehart in a speech to the 500 Club makes a scary comparison between Australia and the America of much-mocked Donald Trump.

Only one of the two can boast of a record like this, thinks to moves like slashing company tax slashed from 35 percent to 21 percent, and 22 regulations for every new bit of red tape:

  • Over 2.4 million jobs have been created in a year;
  • business optimism is at an all-time high;
  • The stock market has repeatedly reached record highs;
  • Investment is strong and rising;
  • Wages are rising with the usual weekly paycheck for the median worker rising by its fastest rate in nearly a decade;
  • Consumer confidence is high, beating predictions;
  • Unemployment claims are the lowest they have been in nearly 50 years;
  • The unemployment rate is at the lowest it’s been in 17 years;
  • Unemployment has fallen to record lows for typically high unemployment groups; and
  • Female unemployment is at a near two decade low.

Rinehart:

Wow, I would even be more excited as a fourth generation West Australian and Australian, and someone who I think has shown her dedication to West Australia and Australia too, if I could say this exciting and very important news was happening in this state and our country.

The United States, under President Donald Trump’s leadership, is showing everyone they are open for business and investment, and truly on the way to making the USA great again.

In contrast:

The truth is approvals, permits and licences, are not encouraging to investment or jobs or improving living standards, or bringing the revenue we need for essential services, defence, police, hospitals and health centres, our elderly, better infrastructure, sporting facilities, parks and more. Isn’t it time our governments knew this, and did something significant about this, not just say they are cutting red tape. It is now hugely higher than it was under the anti-business, socialist Whitlam government…

For instance:

Brazil, a country with a similar land mass, has a cattle industry nearly 10 times bigger than Australia’s and we like to tell ourselves we are world leaders in agriculture…

Just one example of government regulation that acts to prevent our cattle industry from developing in WA, is the restrictions on the usage of the Fitzroy River.

Across the average wet season, approximately 7,000 gigalitres of water is wasted as it uselessly flows into the ocean, past many stations.

Just one years flow is about 14 times the amount of water in the huge Sydney Harbor! 

As it stands in 2017, the government only allows one water licence to access water from the Fitzroy River for a mere 6 gigalitres.

This leaves approximately 99.9991% of the water to run out uselessly into the Ocean.

Mrs. Gina Rinehart’s contributions to West Australia acknowledged as award recipient of the inaugural 500 Club State Shapers Award

by 2 March 2018

28 February 2018
Hancock Prospecting

Mrs. Gina Rinehart, Executive Chairman of the Hancock Prospecting Group, Roy Hill and Kidman and Co,  has been awarded the inaugural 500 Club State Shapers Award at a club lunch at the Hyatt, Perth on the 28th of February.

This award is given to those who have helped shaped our state. Mr. William Meston, when presenting the award said “Mrs. Rinehart believes in WA. She believes in what our opportunity is. She believes in our potential and most importantly has the courage of her convictions and the incredible levels of resilience required to succeed and do things differently, and has played a major role in shaping the state of Western Australia over the past generations. She is a leading figure in the mining and agriculture industries in Australia….Mrs. Rinehart has transformed the (Hancock) Group from one that was in difficulties and financially troubled to a successful industry-leading innovator. Under Mrs. Rinehart’s leadership, the Hancock Group has diversified from prospecting to include investments in iron ore, coal, beef, dairy and property.”

Mrs. Rinehart was awarded this award given her enormous contributions to our state, firstly in the mining sector and now increasingly in agriculture too. She also started Australia’s first national day for the mining and related industries, and last year , the inaugural day for the agriculture and related industries, 22nd  and 21st November respectively, the two largest industry contributors to our state.

Please see below Mrs. Rinehart’s speech and photos from the luncheon.

Speech by Gina Rinehart to the 500 Club

Photos from Gina Rineharts Award Ceremony at the 500 Club

Rinehart beefs up wagyu herd with breeding, buying

by 21 January 2018

AFR Weekend, by Brad Thompson
20 Jan 2018

Gina Rinehart may be the owner of world’s biggest full-blood and pure bred wagyu herd, but says she has no intention of hanging her hat on that title.

Mrs Rinehart’s private company Hancock Prospecting is focused on building an even bigger and better quality wagyu herd through breeding programs and more acquisitions.

In an interview with AFR Weekend, the billionaire, 63, revealed that only financial commitments in iron ore mining prevented her becoming a major investor in agriculture earlier in her business career.

“I have long wanted to diversify from all my eggs in one basket… but with commitments to hold tenements and to pay back borrowings, this motivation had been on hold,” she said.

Hancock Prospecting owns more cattle properties and associated production assets in its own right than through its majority stake in S. Kidman &Co.

The investment in agriculture in recent years, topping $1 billion when Kidman and a potash project in the UK are added, includes a string of wagyu assets.

“Why wagyu? It’s because I believe in investing in good products and the wagyu we’ve acquired is at least some of not only the best in Australia but also the world,” Mrs Rinehart said.

It is estimated that Hancock Prospecting now has about 15,000 fullblood wagyu cattle in Australia.

The numbers swelled just before Christmas with the acquisition of cattle and properties in western Queensland from veteran Australian wagyu producer Wally Rea.

The $40 million-plus purchase included thousands of cows and calves as Hancock Prospecting continues to build its high-end 2GR wagyu brand.

The latest acquisition appears to have pushed Hancock Prospecting past the Australian Agricultural Company nationally and possibly to No. 1 globally in terms of full-blood and pure bred numbers.

However, industry observers admit comparisons are difficult and vary with how the wagyu name is applied to cross-bred cattle and in different jurisdictions.

Mrs Rinehart told The Australian Financial Review that Hancock Prospecting was not interested in who had the biggest herd.

“We’re just wanting to maintain our truly excellent quality,” she said. “What does impress me is that we have developed one of the world’s best wagyu products, with demand in some of the best culinary environments in the world.”

Hancock Prospecting’s wagyu production is built around breeding and growing cattle in NSW and then fattening and processing them in Queensland. The company is also using wagyu bulls in a major cross-breeding program on its pastoral stations in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

The 2GR brand was launched by Mrs Rinehart at the John Dee processing plant in Warwick, Queensland, less than 12 months ago with the loading of 12 tonnes of boxed beef bound for China Exports grew from a container load a month to a container load a week to Asian markets prepared to pay a premium, but more recently sales in Australia have steadily increased.

The brand’s traction in the domestic market and the company’s focus on local sales has surprised those who saw the business as solely focused on exports. Mrs Rinehart said there was strong demand for the 2GR brand in the Australian fine dining market “We are very pleased to be moving our 2GR wagyu into Australia’s best restaurants, and would like to maintain this as a priority,” she said.

“We are especially keen to sell our product in Australia and into the world’s finest restaurants, including those in Asia, and our quality of product underpins this.

“There is no specific target for herd numbers and off-take, we are focused on continuing our leading quality and wanting to continue to invest in Australia assuming we can continue to be cost competitive internationally.”

Mrs Rinehart said her family’s involvement in the West Australian cattle industry dating back four generations gave her “some confidence to invest in the industry I was brought up in before mining”.

The plans for the Kidman properties purchased with China’s Shanghai CRED late in 2016 include major investments in infrastructure and technology, including the use of drones, communications upgrades and sophisticated cattle monitoring.

Mrs Rinehart said morale was high at the stations she visited before a Kidman board meeting in December, but some improvements had taken longer than expected to roll out “The station staff hugely welcome the investments we are making,” she said. “More board-approved investment will flow in 2018 to continue to improve the stations.”

Presentation of BergeToubkal Model to the Ships Godmother Mrs Gina Rinehart

by 22 December 2017

Hancock Prospecting

Yesterday Duncan Bond, the Chief Commercial Officer of Bergebulk, visited HPPL’s Headquarters in West Australia, to formally present Mrs Rinehart with a model of the Berge Toubkal, their new 210,000DWT bulk carrier that was launched in July in China , with our Chairman Mrs Rinehart appointed as the ships’ godmother. There was a ceremony with speeches where our CEO, Garry Korte mentioned how pleased Mrs Rinehart was to be honoured as the Godmother of the Berge Toubkal and that consistent with Bergebulks’ motto “moving mountains” , there would now be more mountains to move from Roy Hill. Duncan Bond acknowledged how important relationships were with Mrs Rinehart and Hancock and how thrilled Bergebulk were that Mrs Rinehart had accepted the appointment as Godmother to the BergeToubkal. He also talked about the Bergebulk business and some of the history and naval traditions around ship names and Godmothers. Bergebulk’s ships are all named after mountains as the word Berge in Norwegian means mountain – Toubkal is a famous mountain in Morocco.

There is a long standing naval tradition of influential women being appointed as Godmothers of ships. Mrs Rinehart is in company of being such a Godmother with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who was appointed as Godmother of Britannia, Sophie Loren for MSC Cruises ships, Dame Helen Mirren for Venturra, Dame Judi Dench for Carnival Legend, Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands the Godmother of the MS Koningsdam and recently internationally acclaimed Chinese actress Fan Bingbing the Godmother of Ovation of the Seas. The tradition of having women christen ships began in the British Royal Navy. Before the 19th century, it was strictly men and usually members of the royal family, senior naval officers or Admiralty officials. When civilians first began to be given the honour, women were also included – and they have slowly become the go-to gender for ship patrons. The practice moved to the United States and the western world, and the US Navy has a very strong “Society of Sponsors” made up of women who have taken part in the time honoured tradition.

As Godmother Mrs Rinehart is entitled to a cruise on her ship. She is hoping this may be possible in March 2018, when the ship visits Port Hedland for the first time to load Roy Hill ore.

 

Gina Rinehart supports flying doctor service

by 18 December 2017

Bendigo Advertiser, 18 December 2017

by Chris McLennan

The Royal Flying Doctor Service Central Operations (serving SA/NT) has announced the launch of a major partnership with outback icon and one of the nation’s largest beef producers, S. Kidman & Co.

In recognition of the $500,000-plus sponsorship deal, a RFDS ‘flying intensive care unit’ bearing the S. Kidman & Co logo was unveiled last week by the company’s Executive Chairman, Gina Rinehart, at the RFDS’ aeromedical base at Adelaide Airport.

The medically-equipped aircraft, the Pilatus PC-12 VH-FXW (Foxtrot-X-ray-Zulu), is one of 67 RFDS aircraft located across the country, many of which serving the outback areas of central and northern Australia where the S. Kidman & Co stations and communities operate.

S. Kidman & Co runs over 160,000 beef cattle across 11 pastoral properties and a feedlot covering 80,000 square kilometres in three states and the Northern Territory. It is owned by Australian Outback Beef, a joint venture of Hancock Prospecting and Shangai CRED.

Hancock Prospecting Executive Chairman, Mrs Gina Rinehart, says she is very pleased to be aligning the S. Kidman & Co brand alongside Australia’s leader in aeromedical and primary health care in rural and remote Australia.

“The RFDS has provided a lifeline to the bush communities for almost 90 years.

“It’s remarkable to think that in South and Central Australia alone the RFDS airlifts 25 patients every day – over 100 across the country every day,” Mrs Rinehart says.

“Our board and our staff are proud to be playing a role in helping to make this happen, and to now have the Kidman brand on a RFDS ‘flying intensive care unit’ that will conduct two missions every day is something we hope will be helpful to many people and help to save lives,” she says.

RFDS Central Operations chairman, Loretta Reynolds, says the impact of S. Kidman & Co.’s direct financial support will be far reaching.

“The RFDS relies on bequests, corporate partnerships and donations to bridge the gap in our operational funding and to finance our capital-raising for the purchase of our aircraft, medical equipment and infrastructure upgrades,” Ms Reynolds says.

“RFDS Central Operations will invest $50 million in capital over the next five years for the replacement of existing aircraft in our fleet, as well as the introduction next year of the RFDS PC-24 Jet – South Australia’s first purpose-built aeromedical jet – together with medical equipment and infrastructure upgrades,” she says.

“The continued support from the entire community – our ‘ground crew’ of donors, community fundraisers, corporate sponsors and volunteers – will be critical to us meeting our financial challenges, and we’re very delighted to have Mrs Rinehart and S. Kidman & Co on board with us on this very important and critical journey.”

VH-FXZ or ‘Zulu’ as it is known to crews, is the newest $7 million ‘flying intensive care unit’ to join the RFDS Central Operations fleet located across Adelaide, Port Augusta, Alice Springs and Darwin bases. ‘Zulu’ is the 1500th PC-12 manufactured by Pilatus – and the 20th delivered to RFDS Central Operations who was also the global launch customer of the Pilatus PC-12 in 1995.

In just its first ten weeks of service to the community, ‘Zulu’ has transported 119 patients from 38 rural and remote locations throughout South Australia – and beyond.

The aircraft came into aeromedical service on 1 October this year and has been tasked to airlift injured and critically-ill patients throughout South Australia, from regional centres such as Mt Gambier, Renmark and Port Lincoln, to outback locations as diverse as Coober Pedy, the Nullarbor and Marree on the Birdsville Track.

Its first interstate flight came on October 10; the transfer of a newborn baby from Adelaide to Melbourne for life-saving heart surgery.

For the next decade VH-FXZ will continue to assist members of the community, delivering services ranging from the:

• emergency evacuation of the injured or critically-ill from outback communities;
• aeromedical transfer of patients interstate for live-saving surgery such as organ transplant and heart surgery on newborn babies;
• delivery of essential primary health care such as GP consultations and immunisation of children during ‘fly-in’ health clinics to remote communities; and
• transfer of patients from regional and bush hospitals to major hospitals in Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin for higher levels of care.

Icons band together with Kidman, RFDS partnership

by 16 December 2017

16 December 2017

Stock Journal

A PARTNERSHIP between major outback icon S Kidman & Co and the Royal Flying Doctor Service Central Operations will help keep a ‘flying intensive care unit’ in the sky.

The $500,000-plus sponsorship deal will mean the Pilatus PC-12 VH-FXW will bear the S Kidman & Co logo as it serves SA and NT, covering areas where the beef producer operates.

Kidman’s executive chairman Gina Rinehart was on site at the RFDS’ aeromedical base at Adelaide Airport for the unveiling of the logo and said she was pleased to align the S Kidman & Co brand alongside Australia’s leader in aeromedical and primary health care in rural and remote Australia.

“The RFDS has provided a lifeline to the bush communities for almost 90 years,” she said.

“It’s remarkable to think that in South and Central Australia alone the RFDS airlifts 25 patients every day – over 100 across the country every day.

“Our board and our staff are proud to be playing a role in helping to make this happen, and to now have the Kidman brand on a RFDS ‘flying intensive care unit’ that will conduct two missions every day is something we hope will be helpful to many people and help to save lives.”

RFDS Central Operations chair Loretta Reynolds says the impact of S Kidman & Co’s direct financial support will be far reaching.

“The RFDS relies on bequests, corporate partnerships and donations to bridge the gap in our operational funding and to finance our capital-raising for the purchase of our aircraft, medical equipment and infrastructure upgrades,” Ms Reynolds said.

RFDS Central Operations will invest $50 million in capital in the next five years for the replacement of existing aircraft in our fleet, as well as the introduction next year of the RFDS PC-24 Jet – South Australia’s first purpose-built aeromedical jet – together with medical equipment and infrastructure upgrades.

“The continued support from the entire community – our ‘ground crew’ of donors, community fundraisers, corporate sponsors and volunteers – will be critical to us meeting our financial challenges, and we’re very delighted to have Mrs Rinehart and S. Kidman & Co on board with us on this very important and critical journey.”

VH-FXZ or ‘Zulu’ as it is known to crews, is the newest $7 million ‘flying intensive care unit’ to join the RFDS Central Operations fleet located across Adelaide, Port Augusta, Alice Springs and Darwin bases.

It is the 1500th PC-12 manufactured by Pilatus – and the 20th delivered to RFDS Central Operations who was also the global launch customer of the Pilatus PC-12 in 1995.

In just its first 10 weeks of service to the community, ‘Zulu’ has transported 119 patients from 38 rural and remote locations throughout SA – and beyond.

The aircraft came into aeromedical service on October 1 this year and has been tasked to airlift injured and critically-ill patients throughout SA, from regional centres such as Mount Gambier, Renmark and Port Lincoln, to outback locations as diverse as Coober Pedy, the Nullarbor and Marree on the Birdsville Track.