textual image stating 'Department of Health, Victoria, Australia'

Flight path protection

Hospital heliport flight path protection

Emergency helicopters play a key role in providing medical and trauma services to patients who are critically ill or who may be involved in serious accidents.

The Department of Health and Human Services (the department) is seeking to safeguard the flight paths to the existing helipads at the Ararat, Bacchus Marsh, Bairnsdale, Charlton, Cohuna, Donald, Heathcote, Kerang, St Arnaud, Stawell and Wycheproof hospitals to maintain the integrity of this essential part of the health system.

The department is also seeking to protect the flight path for the new rooftop Bendigo Hospital helipad being constructed as part of the new Bendigo Hospital. In addition, the department is reviewing the existing Kyneton Hospital helipad planning protection to ensure it is consistent and that it protects an appropriate area.

Emergency helicopter flight paths at 17 hospitals are already protected through Design and Development Overlays (Overlays) in other planning schemes. This proposed amendment is seeking to protect flight paths to the remaining public hospital helipads in Victoria by introducing Overlays to the Ararat, Buloke, East Gippsland, Gannawarra, Greater Bendigo, Macedon Ranges, Moorabool and Northern Grampians planning schemes.

The existing and proposed Overlays do not introduce a mandatory height limit. Instead, the Overlay triggers a need for a council planning permit for certain buildings and works. All permit applications are referred to the department, which will assess each referral on merit. Where the proposed development does not affect Emergency Medical Services (EMS) helicopter flights, the development is likely to be supported, or supported with conditions.

Documentation relating to the Overlays to the Alfred, Frankston, Royal Children’s, Royal Melbourne, Clayton and Warragul hospital heliports, Stage 1 of this project, is available here.

Community consultation

Comments on the proposed Planning Scheme Amendment is welcomed and can be provided via:

The proposed planning scheme amendment documentation is available for download below and a list of locations where hard copies are available for public inspection is at the bottom of this webpage.

Proposed planning scheme amendment documentation

Documents common to all hospital helipads:

Documents relating to the Ararat Hospital helipad:

Documents relating to the Bacchus Marsh Hospital helipad:

Documents relating to the Bairnsdale Hospital helipad:

Documents relating to the Bendigo Hospital helipad:

Documents relating to the Charlton Hospital helipad:

Documents relating to the Cohuna Hospital helipad:

Documents relating to the Donald Hospital helipad:

Documents relating to the Heathcote Hospital helipad:

Documents relating to the Kerang Hospital helipad:

Documents relating to the Kyneton Hospital helipad:

Documents relating to the St Arnaud Hospital helipad:

Documents relating to the Stawell Hospital helipad:

Documents relating to the Wycheproof Hospital helipad:

Back to top of the page.

Community drop-in sessions are being held at the following times and locations:

Hospital heliportDateTimeVenueAddress
Kyneton Hospital 18 April 2016 9.30-10.30am Kyneton Hospital, Ambulatory Care Centre 7-25 Caroline Chisholm Drive, Kyneton
Heathcote Hospital 18 April 2016 12.00-1.00pm Heathcote Hospital, Administration Conference Room A 39 Hospital Street, Heathcote
Bendigo Hospital 18 April 2016 2.30-3.30pm Monash University School of Rural Health, Tutorial Room 3 26 Mercy Street, Bendigo
Cohuna Hospital 19 April 2016 9.00-100am Cohuna Hospital 158 King George Street, Cohuna
Kerang Hospital 19 April 2016 11.00-12.00pm Kerang Hospital 13-15 Burgoyne Street, Kerang
Wycheproof Hospital 19 April 2016 1.30-2.30pm Wycheproof Hospital 19 Grandview Street, Wycheproof
Charlton Hospital 19 April 2016 3.30-4.30pm Charlton Hospital 4 Learmonth Street, Charlton
Donald Hospital 19 April 2016 5.45-6.45pm Donald Hospital 1A Aitken Avenue, Donald
St Arnaud Hospital 20 April 2016 9.00-10.00am St Arnaud Hospital 52 North Western Road, St Arnaud
Stawell Hospital 20 April 2016 12.00-1.00pm Stawell Hospital, Education Centre 27-29 Sloane Street, Stawell
Ararat Hospital 20 April 2016 2.00-3.00pm Ararat Hospital, Mt William room at Pyrenees House, Education Centre Girdlestone Street, Ararat
Bacchus Marsh Hospital 20 April 2016 5.30-6.30pm Bacchus Marsh Hospital 29-35 Grant Street, Bacchus Marsh
Bairnsdale Hospital 22 April 2016 12.00-1.00pm Bairnsdale Hospital, Lake King Meeting Room 122 Day Street, Bairnsdale

Back to top of the page.

Hard copies of the amendment documentation are available for viewing at:

  • Ararat Municipal Offices, Cnr Vincent and High St, Ararat
  • Buloke Shire Council, 367 Broadway, Wycheproof
  • Charlton Hospital, 4 Learmouth Street, Charlton
  • City of Greater Bendigo Planning Department, Hopetoun Mill, 15 Hopetoun Street, Bendigo
  • Donald Hospital, 1A Aitken Avenue, Donald
  • East Gippsland Shire Council, 273 Main Street, Bairnsdale
  • Gannawarra Shire, Cohuna Office, King Edward Street, Cohuna
  • Gannawarra Shire, Patchell Plaza, 47 Victoria Street, Kerang
  • Heathcote Service Centre, 125 High Street Heathcote
  • Macedon Ranges Shire 129 Mollison Street, Kyneton
  • Moorabool Shire Lerderberg Library – Customer Service, 215 Main Street, Bacchus Marsh
  • Northern Grampians Shire Council, Town Hall, 63-65 Main Street, Stawell
  • St Arnaud Customer Service, Town Hall, Napier Street, St Arnaud