10 September 2013 © David Eyre
The helipad was to have been used as a base for the leased Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane of Erickson Helicopters during the bushfire season (November to April). DFES wanted to base the S-64 at Stoneville to improve fire response times, compared to its usual base at Jandakot Airport. With Jandakot being located close to the flightpath for Perth Airport’s runway 03/21, operations from Jandakot sometimes require flights to head westwards, off the coast, before heading back inland, and this delays fire response times.
The withdrawn proposal was to have included a site hut, generator, portable ablution block, and water tank. The Skycrane was to use a former bitumen carpark, but some trees were to be removed from the site.
It is not known whether another location has been chosen.