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Angel Flight - Who are they?

Wednesday 19 Apr, 2017

Angel Flight are a not for profit charity that provide free flights to financially struggling country people who need to attend medical appointments in the city. They do not receive any Government funding nor do we fundraise. They rely solely on word of mouth and donations. 100% of the donations go straight into Angel Flights and the administration of Angel Flights. 

Many country people do not know that they can utilise our service for free and they would like to spread the word so people know they can access Angel Flight services.

ANGEL Flight is a charity that coordinates non-emergency flights to help country people trying to deal with the triple trouble of bad health, poor finances and daunting distances.

Many country people don’t know they can access Angel Flight services free of charge and are struggling to get to their city medical appointments.

All flights are completely free and involve patients travelling to medical facilities anywhere in Australia.

Angel Flight can coordinate flights for country people travelling to their city medical appointments as well as ground transport in the city from the airport to their medical facility and back to airport.

Patients of all ages needing medical treatment at destinations where other forms of transport are physically and emotionally taxing or unaffordable can access Angel Flight services.

Angel Flight can also transport blood and blood products and medical drugs to country people requiring these items.

To be able to fly with Angel Flight, passengers must be medically stable, ambulatory and physically able to enter and exit a small aircraft without assistance from the pilot.

They must also be able to sit up in the aircraft with a seatbelt on for an extended period of time and if necessary be able to communicate with the pilot.

Passengers are encouraged to bring a friend or relative to travel with them and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Angel Flight have conducted more than 20,000 flights since 2003 helping over 3000 patients Australia wide.

Patients can access Angel Flight services through their health professional such as a medical practitioner, nurse or social worker.

Angel Flight can only accept mission requests from a health professional.

All flights are conducted by volunteer pilots in their own aircraft.

Our volunteer pilot’s flight credentials exceed the requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and all aircraft meet specified CASA and insurance requirements.

Angel Flight’s Earth Angels then provide car transport between the airports and the medical facilities.

Angel Flight is funded by private donations from individuals, community service groups and clubs, corporations and deceased estates.

These donations are then used to pay for the fuel used by both the pilots and Earth Angels.

Angel Flight can assist anyone who is medically and financially disadvantaged, families who have been financially devastated by medical bills due to illness, accidents or other chronic conditions and those in need of transport on compassionate grounds.

Angel Flight can also assist on multiple occasions for attending follow-up appointments or undertaking a series of treatments for a medical condition.

Registered health professionals make the referrals on behalf of the patients and the health professional can register with Angel Flight quickly and easily online.

It generally takes 5-7 working days for an Angel Flight coordinator to organise a flight.

For further information visit the Angel Flight website www.angelflight.org.au or call Angel Flight on 1300 726 567.

Strong Thunderstorm warning 21st & 22nd March

Monday 20 Mar, 2017

Martin Babakhan details outlook for Gloucester and The Hunter

Strong Thunderstorm warning today (21st March) from 3-4pm and a severe Thunderstorm warning tomorrow (22nd March from 12 - 1pm). Please take extreme care during these times. See our study on Stepped Leader Lightning on the Weather Tab (http://buckettsradio.com.au/weather)

Farmers in Gloucester and The Hunter can expect between 30 and 40mm rain this week.

For full analysis, please listen to the podcast on our weather page (http://buckettsradio.com.au/weather).

AGL Quits Coal Seam Gas in Gloucester

Monday 22 Feb, 2016

AGL's CEO, Andy Vessey, has announced that AGL will not proceed with the Gloucester Gas Project.

Reasons cited for this major turnaround included the current low oil price and insufficient flow rates from the Waukivory Pilot project. AGL has stated that protests against the project had no bearing on the decision, although this is disputed by many.

At a breifing to the community, held at the Senior Citizens Centre on the 16th February, AGLs Doug Jackson discussed the rehabilitation of wells, including the Wards River 2 and Wards River 4 wells that are the subject of environmental concerns due to problems with the 'plug and abandon' process, which includes filling the wells from the bottom to top, completely, with concrete that is specially formulated for the task.

In acknowledgement of the effects on the community, the environment and the percieved loss of opportunities in Gloucester, AGL also announced that it is intending to set up a trust fund. Although specifics of the trust and its beneficiaries were not able to be provided, it was indicated that these funds would be spread over a number of districts including Dungog and Stroud.

Jeni Coutts, AGL's Executive General Manager of Stakeholder Relations, will be overseeing the formulation of the commitee that will administer the trust fund, which will include some representatives from the community.

AGL also announced that it will provide an extra $15,000 grant to Dairy Connect, to study the feasabilty of a powdered milk factory. It is unsure if this would be located in Gloucester.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Bruce O'Connor






Wednesday 20 Jan, 2016

Martin Babakhan, renowned meteorolist, presents an overview of climate for 2015-16. Click here for more.

Severe Heat Wave this week

Monday 11 Jan, 2016

Martin Babakhan warns of severe heat wave and fire weather warning starting Monday 11 Jan to Thursday 14 Jan.

Note: Max temp 38C            Relative Humidity 20/30 %            Heat Index:   39 to 41C

 At an apparent temperature of:  32-40C Heat cramps or heat exhaustion possible. Click here for graph (updated 12/1/16).

Extreme Fire Behaviour (by Martin Babakhan, Meteorologist)

Sunday 20 Dec, 2015

Extreme fire behavior results when several of the components of the fire environment interact to cause the rate of spread of the fire to increase by 60 times or greater.

Situations in which abundant fuels with sufficiently low moisture values are located on a steep slope and combine with strong winds and unstable atmospheric conditions can lead to extreme fire behavior.

Each of the conditions can potentially increase fire behavior, so when all of these conditions occur at the same time, the potential danger increases significantly.

Click here to see a presentation by Martin Babakhan, Meteorolist, regarding 'Fire and Meteorology Training'.