Telstra Wireless Project – Visionstream

Visionstream’s (VPL) northern construction team has broken new ground, by successfully performing the company’s first helicopter lift, undertaken at the Mt. Wandera site in Bateman’s Bay.

As part of the Telstra Wireless Project (TWP), the construction team in conjunction with National Communication Construction (NCC), installed an extension atop Mt. Wandera’s 83-metre tower.

After three months of meticulous planning, and working very closely with Contractor NCC, it was unanimous that a helicopter lift would be the safest and most efficient way to install the extension.

The project consisted of the removal of a 4m x 4m platform stationed at the top of the 83-metre mast, then the lifting and installation of the two-piece seven-metre extension. Networks Wireless’ national construction manager Peter Hughes fully endorsed the innovative nature of the project. “After I saw what has happened out here today, I’d strongly recommend (helicopter lifts) from a company point-of-view,” Hughes said.

The helicopter lift was deemed a complete success largely due to the collaboration of the VPL Network Wireless project management and engineers, construction and SHEQ teams, as well as the sub-contractors.

VPL worked in consultation with land owners and met all regulatory obligations to ensure a safe installation.