New $5.9 Million Ambulance Station For Pottsville
NSW Deputy Premier Troy Grant, Health Minister Jillian Skinner and Tweed MP Geoff Provest today announced a re-elected Baird Government will invest $5.9 million to build a new ambulance station for Pottsville.
Mr Grant said the Baird Government is committed to begin detailed planning and work on Pottsville ambulance station in the next term if re-elected on March 28.
“There is increasing demand for health services in Pottsville so it is vital we ensure local paramedics have the very best resources at their fingertips to deliver life-saving care,” Mr Grant said.
“Geoff Provest is a tireless advocate for the needs of his community and ensuring the issues that concern them are on the Government’s agenda and this is another example of that.
“A state-of-the-art station for Pottsville will benefit the community and ensure the enhanced delivery of first-class patient car.”
Mrs Skinner said today’s announcement forms part of a program to upgrade rural and regional ambulance stations across NSW, including Berry, Basin View, Wagga Wagga and Bathurst.
“During 16 years in government, Labor did nothing to future-proof our ambulance services. By contrast, the NSW Liberals & Nationals will continue to invest in NSW Ambulance infrastructure and our professional paramedics, who deliver expert, first-class care for patients.”
“This new service will complement the impressive $3.7 million Pottsville HealthOne, which is delivering comprehensive care to patients from across this area.”
Mr Provest welcomed the announcement saying only the Liberals & Nationals Government can be trusted to deliver enhanced health services in regional NSW.
“Paramedics provide extraordinary care in what can be difficult circumstances and I know this $5.9 million investment will assist them in the incredible work they do,” Mr Provest said.
“There’s not a person in our community who doesn’t want to see our paramedics afforded the very best to get on with their jobs and I’m pleased the Liberals & Nationals will deliver it.
“We have a proven track record of enhancing health services for our region and this pledge is no different. Work will get underway in the next-term.”
In the last year alone, the Liberals & Nationals Government has increased the NSW 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).