Paramedics in West Wyalong are working in a newly refurbished ambulance station thanks to the NSW Nationals in the state government’s $232 million Rural Ambulance Infrastructure Reconfiguration (RAIR) program.
Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the upgrade has delivered improved amenities and an updated workspace to provide local paramedics with a better working environment to meet the emergency care needs of the West Wyalong community.
“The West Wyalong ambulance station refurbishment will ensure our local paramedics can continue to deliver high-quality emergency healthcare for our region,” Ms Cooke said.
“A range of enhancements have been delivered including upgrades to wash bays, as well as refurbishments to the kitchen, medical store, bathroom, locker room and change areas.
“The station has also been revitalised with upgrades to mechanical, electrical and data equipment as well as new office furnishings, joinery, floor finishes and painting.”
In the Cootamundra electorate, station upgrades have been completed at West Wyalong, Narrandera, Temora and Young, with six new stations also delivered through the RAIR program – at Cowra, Grenfell, Cootamundra, Harden, Ardlethan and Coolamon.
Nationals Minister for Regional Health Bronnie Taylor said the investment in West Wyalong highlights the NSW Nationals in Government’s commitment to the region.
“It’s great news for our local paramedics and the community, who deserve quality health facilities that meet their needs now and into the future,” Mrs Taylor said.
The Rural Ambulance Infrastructure Reconfiguration program (RAIR) is the single largest investment in regional NSW Ambulance’s 127-year history, with 6 new or upgraded ambulance stations already delivered as part of the $132 million Stage 1 of the program. Another $100 million investment into ambulance assets is being delivered under Stage 2 of the program.
NSW Ambulance will recruit 2,128 new staff and deliver 30 more stations over the coming years after a $1.76 billion boost announced as part of the NSW Government’s 2022-23 Budget.
The $1.76 billion over four years will provide NSW with 1,858 extra paramedics, 210 ambulance support staff, 52 nurses and eight doctors.