A VITAL community helicopter service is at risk of shutting down permanently if funding is not found by next financial year.
THE AGL Action Rescue Helicopter has spent the last year lobbying the State Government to increase its funding and meet a $200,000 shortfall.
Chief executive David Donaldson said today that if nothing changed and more funding was not sourced, the service could not survive.
"Clearly we cannot keep it going like this and if so that will be the outcome," Mr Donaldson said.
"There is always going to be a shortfall, it is the way we operate as a community-based helicopter provider.
"We just have to make sure we are receiving enough to keep the service going."