Tamworth’s new ambulance station can move ahead after the Northern Regional Planning Panel moved to unanimously approve the proposal.
Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said this approval was the important next step in delivering the state-of-the-art new station.
“Our paramedics have been calling for a new station for some time. The existing station is over 90 years old, it’s too small, it leaks and it simply isn’t fit for purpose for our growing city, or the paramedics who look after us,” Mr Anderson said.
“They deserve the very best in facilities and the new station will deliver those modern facilities and make a real difference to their working environment.
“The new station will replace the Marius Street station and will provide the latest equipment as well as a comfortable base for paramedics by including internal parking, an internal wash bay, administration and office areas, amenities and logistics and storage areas.
“Not only will the station improve health services in our region, but it will also make use of a site that has been overgrown and empty for some time now.
“The designs that have now been approved look fantastic and I look forward to seeing construction begin soon.”
The site for the new ambulance station is 59-73 Piper Street, North Tamworth, meaning it will be closer to the hospital and key city transport routes.
The station will be funded under the $232 million Rural Ambulance Infrastructure Reconfiguration (RAIR) program.
The Tamworth South Ambulance Station at 42 Petra Avenue will remain operational. When complete, both NSW Ambulance stations will service the Tamworth and surrounding communities.