Iluka has celebrated as one with Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis and Nationals Minister for Regional Health Bronnie Taylor joining the community to officially open the town’s first ambulance station.
Mr Gulaptis thanked the community for all their hard work in helping the NSW Government deliver this important project.
“Today marks a significant milestone for our community. This purpose-built ambulance station is game-changer, designed with input from paramedics and specifically tailored to meet the emergency health needs of this community,” Mr Gulaptis said.
“We are here today because the community and the NSW Nationals in Government worked together to improve local health care and deliver this vital piece of health infrastructure.
“This was made possible by a wonderful partnership between the Iluka Bowling Club, the Iluka Ambulance Action Group and Clarence Valley Council and I thank them for all their hard work.”
Mr Gulaptis also made special mention of Iluka residents Ann and John McLean who led the campaign for an ambulance station and galvanised the community to put a strong case forward.
“They left no stone unturned and campaigned tirelessly with the community right beside them and we heard them loud and clear,” Mr Gulaptis said.
“In recognition of their efforts, I am excited to be able to present to Ann and John a prestigious Community Service Award from the NSW Premier.”
The station includes parking for up to four emergency ambulance vehicles, staff amenities, relief accommodation and storage areas among other important features. It is one of 63 ambulance stations across NSW that are operating with photovoltaic solar energy systems.
Mrs Taylor said the Spenser Street facility, which became operational in March this year, has made a real difference and significantly enhanced access to mobile emergency health care across the region.
“It is great to be here today to join with Chris Gulaptis and the local community in celebrating this exciting and historic milestone for Iluka,” Mrs Taylor said.
“This modern station will support local paramedics by providing them with a high-quality base and the latest facilities and equipment to meet the current and future emergency care needs of this region.”
The Iluka Ambulance Station was delivered as part of the NSW Government’s $232 million Rural Ambulance Infrastructure Reconfiguration (RAIR) program. The program has delivered 39 new or upgraded ambulance stations to date, with a further 15 projects underway.
The NSW Government also announced a $1.76 billion boost as part of the NSW Government’s 2022-23 Budget for 2,128 staff and will build 30 more stations over the coming years. This includes eight new ambulance stations, with a further 22 stations to be announced.