NSW Deputy Premier Troy Grant, Health Minister Jillian Skinner and Nationals candidate for Oxley Melinda Pavey have announced $3.5 million for a major upgrade to the 61-year-old Wauchope Ambulance Station.
Mr Grant, who was also joined by retiring Oxley MP Andrew Stoner, said work on the new station will begin in the next term of the Liberals & Nationals Government, if re-elected on March 28.
“The NSW Government is committed to supporting paramedics and providing them with the first-class resources they need to deliver their first-class care,” Mr Grant said.
“Wauchope Ambulance Station has been serving the community since 1954 and this funding will ensure local paramedics have a modern base to continue delivering life-saving care.”
Mrs Skinner said this $3.5 million commitment forms part of a rural and regional ambulance infrastructure strategy which is seeing the upgrade of stations right across the state.
“The conditions at Wauchope station have been trying for paramedics and I thank them for their patience and unwavering dedication to caring for the community,” Mrs Skinner said.
“Wauchope paramedics are among the state’s finest. Local intensive care paramedic Annette Tierney was the first recipient of the Minister’s Bursary for Excellence for her compassionate care and strong support of colleagues.
“Paramedics like Annette deserve the very best resources and that is why the Liberals & Nationals Government is investing $3.5 million in Wauchope Ambulance Station for the future.
“During its 16 years in government, Labor did nothing to future-proof our ambulance services. By contrast, the Liberals & Nationals Government will continue to invest in NSW Ambulance infrastructure and our professional paramedics, who deliver expert, first-class care for patients.”
Ms Pavey the NSW Government is getting on with the job of enhancing the region’s health services.
“Everywhere you look, the Liberals & Nationals Government is injecting record funds to enhance our local health services. From Wauchope Urgent Care Centre to the major redevelopment of Kempsey Hospital and now this funding for ambulance, we are at the heart of health investment on the coast.
“Our local paramedics are among the most trusted professionals in our community and they deserve a station which reflects the top-class, extraordinary work they do.”
In the last year alone, the NSW Government has increased the Ambulance budget by $30 million to a record $753 million. Paramedic numbers have increased by 205 staff to 3,435 paramedics since the March 2011 election (full-time equivalent as at June 2014).