The Nationals in Government have committed to building an ambulance station at Iluka after a strong grassroots campaign to win support for the new facility.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro and NSW Nationals Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis announced plans for the station this week, joined by hundreds of residents, who’d been part of a petition that collected more than 10,000 signatures.

Mr Barilaro said the Nationals in Government were committed to building the kind of infrastructure which made regional towns better places to live, work and raise a family.

“The people of Iluka can rest assured we are committed to building an ambulance station in this beautiful area and it will only be delivered under our Government,” Mr Barilaro said. “This ambulance station will revolutionise the reliability and standard of local health care. The Minister for Health Brad Hazzard has worked closely with Chris Gulaptis to ensure the community knows we are here to deliver for them.”

Mr Gulaptis said securing the ambulance station was done through the hard work of local community members.

“I am proud to be able to represent such a passionate community, and to be able to continue to deliver for them,” Mr Gulaptis said. “I want our local communities to continue to see strong investment in health which is why it is imperative we see the Nationals remain in office. The Health Minister has worked tirelessly to ensure our community is at the top of the list,  delivering the helipad upgrade at Maclean Hospital and now the Iluka  ambulance station, showing he truly understands our community.”

Mr Gulaptis said he will continue to progress securing a site, facility design and relevant planning approvals.