The Mid North Coast will benefit from two new ambulance stations at Old Bar and Forster under the next stage of the NSW Nationals in the state government’s $232 million Rural Ambulance Infrastructure Reconfiguration (RAIR) program.
NSW Nationals Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said it was another example of the NSW Nationals in the state government investing in the health of Myall Lakes residents.
“The new ambulance stations for Forster and Old Bar will enhance access to emergency health care across Myall Lakes,” Mr Bromhead said.
“The next step will be finding the best location for the stations, which will be supported by international best practice demand modelling software which maps Triple Zero (000).
“The RAIR program is the single largest investment in regional NSW Ambulance’s 125-year history, with 24 new or upgraded ambulance stations already delivered or under construction as part of Stage 1 and another $100 million worth of ambulance assets being delivered under Stage 2.”
The new stations at Old Bar and Forster will improve the working environment for local paramedics, to ensure they have the equipment and facilities they need to continue to deliver high-quality care to their local communities.
In 2020-21, the NSW Nationals in the state government are investing more than $1 billion in services and capital works for NSW Ambulance. This includes $27 million funding for 180 new NSW Ambulance staff across NSW, the third tranche of the June 2018 commitment to recruit 750 additional paramedics and control centre staff over four years.
The existing station located in Tuncurry will remain operational. When complete, both stations will service the communities of Forster and Tuncurry.