9 JAN, 2015 - HeliScope PNG, a Port Moresby based helicopter operator, along with The Yulai Landowners Association Inc., today signed a landmark Joint Venture Agreement. The “ HeliYulai ” Joint Venture proposes to provide world-class helicopter services to the Goilala region and Tolukuma area. The joint venture seeks to actively involve and provide opportunities for the local Goilala people through employment and training. Initially, two local graduates will travel to Australia for specialist training as load masters and certified rigging experts. As business grows, several more local recruits will undergo training in logistics management. In addition to providing local employment and training, a percentage of the revenue from HeliScope PNG’s flights in the Goilala Region and Tolukuma area will be allocated to community projects governed by the Yulai Landowners Association.
Present at the signing of the “ HeliYulai ” Joint Venture was a Representative from the Central Provincial Government, Tolukuma Gold Mine Management team. Three local Clan Leaders from Hameng, Yaulo, and Yangam were also witness to the landmark agreement.
Giles Rooney, CEO of HeliScope PNG commented. "It's very exciting to be involved with the Yulai Landowners Association, we have worked hard with them to ensure the arrangement serves the client well and the community well,” he said. “I believe it’s a sustainable plan for everyone involved.”
Giles started his aviation career at an early age in PNG before leaving to fly internationally. "It’s very rewarding to be able to come back to where I started long ago and give something back to the country and province where my career began."
Yulai Landowners Chairman George Gusi added. "We are very pleased now to have a working interest in the aviation sector for our area. The community will very much benefit from this agreement going forward,” he said. “Having the local people involved at this level is very exciting for us.”
HeliScope PNG is a helicopter charter company based in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. HeliScope specialises in drilling support, heavy lift operations, telecommunications tower construction, seismic support services, oil and gas exploration, mining and surveying support, aeromedical search and rescue, passenger transport and VIP Charter.