The Medowie community is one step closer to gaining its first ambulance station after the preferred location was officially announced.
The new purpose-built ambulance station will be at 30 Ferodale Road, providing an optimal location to serve the community.
Using best practice demand modelling software that maps triple zero calls, NSW Ambulance and Health Infrastructure was able to identify the new location for the station.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Taylor Martin said the announcement provided the community with its first look at the station design.
“It’s exciting to see the design for the new ambulance station, which will be a contemporary facility, tailored to the needs of the Medowie community to enable paramedics to continue delivering high-quality emergency healthcare,” Martin said.
“The purpose-built station will feature internal parking for up to six emergency ambulance vehicles, relief accommodation for paramedics, administration and office areas, logistics and storage areas, an internal wash bay and staff parking.
“It will provide a high-quality base for our paramedics and will be equipped to meet current and future demand for emergency care in our region.
“Next steps include further due diligence, design development and seeking planning approval for the new station.”
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the NSW Government was committed to investing in rural and regional health infrastructure to help support better health outcomes for local communities.
“Our paramedics need the best possible workplace to provide emergency medical care, and this new station will make a real difference to their working environment,” Hazzard said.
The RAIR program is the single largest investment in regional NSW Ambulance’s 126-year history. Twenty-four new or upgraded ambulance stations have already been delivered or are under construction as part of the $132M Stage 1. Another $100M worth of ambulance assets are being delivered under Stage 2 of the program.
In 2021/2022, the NSW Government is investing $1.4B in NSW Ambulance.
Construction on the new ambulance station is due for completion in 2022.
Information source: Media release, Brad Hazzard Minister for Health and Medical Research