Goulburn now has a new ambulance station under the NSW Government’s record $122 million Rural Ambulance Infrastructure Reconfiguration program.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Health Minister Brad Hazzard, along with Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman, officially opened the purpose-built facility.
“The NSW Government’s significant investment in new and upgraded ambulance stations for regional and rural areas is the single largest in the 120-year history of NSW Ambulance,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“This new ambulance station is the latest of 36 new or rebuilt NSW Ambulance facilities across the state, 24 of which are in the rural and regional locations.”
Mr Hazzard said the new station will greatly improve emergency services for the southern region, providing local paramedics with a state-of-the-art facility and equipment.
“This project is an important step in the delivery of high-quality mobile emergency care to the people of Goulburn and surrounding areas,” Mr Hazzard said.
“The $122 million investment in regional and rural ambulance facilities is on top of a record $184 million for 11 new metropolitan Superstations, nine of which are already open, and one traditional station at Mona Vale, as well as an number of upgraded stations across greater Sydney.”
Ms Tuckerman said the new station would meet the emergency care needs of Goulburn and surrounds for years to come.
“The community can be assured that NSW Ambulance has the equipment to provide the best out-of-hospital clinical care to all patients across the region.”
The new purpose-built station on Bourke Street features:
- Internal parking for up to eight emergency ambulance vehicles;
- Administration and office areas;
- Staff amenities;
- Multipurpose meeting/training room;
- Logistics and storage areas; and
- Staff parking.
Ambulance stations operational under the RAIR program include Goulburn, Wagga Wagga, Coolamon, Ardlethan, Harden, Molong, Griffith, Kiama, Berry, Bay & Basin, Toukley, Wauchope, Hamlyn Terrace, Bathurst, Pottsville, Yass, Rutherford, Bungendore, Birmingham Gardens, Cowra and Grenfell.
The 2019-20 Budget for the NSW Ambulance Service was more than $1 billion, including $27.1 million to employ 221 paramedics and control centre staff as part of a record 750 workforce boost.