YASS AMBULANCE STATION OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Paramedics in communities in the State’s Southern Tablelands are now better equipped to respond to emergency situations following today’s official opening of the new Yass Ambulance Station, delivered as part of the NSW Government’s $132 million Rural Ambulance Infrastructure Reconfiguration (RAIR) Stage 1 program.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman joined NSW Ambulance Deputy Commissioner David Dutton for the official opening and met with local staff and paramedics.

“The community should feel reassured with this new station that NSW Ambulance is dedicated to delivering high-quality treatment to patients across the region,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

The new purpose built station on Meehan Street features:
– internal parking for up to four emergency ambulance vehicles
– administration and office areas
– multipurpose meeting/training room
– relief accommodation
– logistics and storage areas
– staff parking
– deliveries and loading bay
– external wash bay

NSW Ambulance Deputy Commissioner David Dutton said the new facility is tailored to meet the emergency medical care needs of Yass and surrounding areas.

“The station will enable our paramedics to have access to the most advanced equipment and facilities and allow them to continue to provide the best out-of-hospital care,” Mr Dutton said.

The RAIR program is the single largest regional infrastructure investment in NSW Ambulance’s 125 year history, with 24 locations across the state benefiting from an upgraded, rebuilt or entirely new ambulance station as part of Stage 1.

The 2020-21 NSW State Budget announcement included $100 million towards a new RAIR Stage 2 program. In 2020-21, the NSW Government is investing more than $1 billion in services and capital works for NSW Ambulance. This includes $27 million funding for 180 new ambulance staff across NSW, the third tranche of the June 2018 commitment to recruit 750 additional paramedic and control centre staff over four years.

$1,198,600 FOR GOULBURN ELECTORATE SCHOOLS

Ten schools across the Goulburn electorate are set to receive new and improved facilities, with projects announced as part of the NSW Government’s $120 million Regional Renewal Program.

Since the announcement of the Regional Renewal Program in October last year, schools have been invited to apply for renewal projects to improve their school facilities.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman welcomed the news that the ten projects had been funded across the electorate.

“I’m delighted that so many of our schools were included in the program with $1,198,600 allocated in total to the following schools:
– Binalong Public School COLA, Shade Structures & Walkways
– Binda Public School COLA, Shade Structures & Walkways
– Burrawang Public School Toilet Upgrade
– Exeter Public School Learning Unit Upgrade
– Goulburn East Public School Hall, MPC, Gym & Communal Space Upgrade
– Moss Vale High School Food Technology Upgrade
– Penrose Public School Playground Upgrade
– Tallong Public School Admin & Staff Upgrade
– The Crescent School SSP & Support Unit
– Yass Public School Structural, Fabric & Building Upgrade

“This investment by the Government is part of our commitment to build a safer and stronger regional NSW. It is about ensuring regional students can thrive in a great learning environment, no matter where they live or what their circumstances may be.

“Delivery of these projects will be undertaken in the next 18 months as part of the NSW Government’s economic stimulus package for NSW schools,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

The Regional Renewal Program will provide a government co-contribution of between 50 to 80 per cent for school infrastructure improvements to high priority schools in regional NSW. Projects may include new and upgraded covered outdoor learning areas, science facilities, toilet blocks, administration buildings and canteens.

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the funding was part of the NSW Government’s stimulus program and the State’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan.

“I’m pleased that we are continuing our record investment in school infrastructure, including these projects in the Goulburn electorate. This program will benefit local communities and support hundreds of jobs, creating a safer and stronger regional NSW,” Ms Mitchell said.

“This program is part of the NSW Governments economic stimulus response to the pandemic, and will deliver educational benefits, community benefits and economic benefits as communities continue to recover.”

The NSW Government is investing $7 billion over the next four years, continuing its program to deliver more than 200 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW. This is the largest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW.

HUME PD WELCOMES NEW POLICE RECRUITS

The Goulburn electorate has welcomed three new NSW Police Force after the first graduation ceremony of 2021.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott joined Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman and NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller APM at an attestation ceremony at the NSW Police Academy in Goulburn.

Mr Elliott congratulated the incoming officers and welcomed the return to a full ceremony after last year’s events were disrupted by COVID-19 restrictions.

“Over the course of last year, we have seen first-hand the crucial role our police officers play in protecting the community and we owe them a debt of gratitude for their efforts,” Mr Elliott said.

“These officers will join a NSW Police Force that has been strengthened by investment from the NSW Government, including the delivery of 1500 additional officers over four years and the commitment to a $60 million upgrade to Goulburn Police Academy.”

Mrs Tuckerman welcomed the three recruits who will join the local Police District.

“Our new police officers have chosen a career of service and will be a vital asset to the people of the Goulburn region,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the new officers for their contribution and congratulate them on the start of their exciting careers.”

The new police officers have completed eight months of foundational training and will report to their new stations on Monday.

Class 345 includes 139 men and 55 women. Some recruits entered the NSW Police Academy straight from school or university, while others left established professional careers and trades such as teachers, ambulance officers and a jockey.

The NSW Government has committed $583 million over four years to deliver 1500 new police officers – the biggest single increase for the NSW Police Force in more than 30 years.

STIMULUS FUNDING FOR LOCAL SHOWGROUNDS

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman today announced $704,462 for upgrade work to two local showgrounds under the NSW Government’s COVID-19 stimulus program.

Mrs Tuckerman said Boorowa and Crookwell showgrounds will get upgrades to improve their facilities and infrastructure while supporting local work. “Our local showgrounds are multi-use community hubs so it’s terrific to see this further investment in infrastructure upgrades to keep them safe and functional for future generations,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“Showgrounds provide facilities for agricultural shows and a wide range of community groups and many also serve as relief centres during bushfires and floods to provide shelter for residents and animals and a base for emergency services.”

Latest funding allocations include:
– Boorowa Showground will get $665,500 to install and develop critical water infrastructure.
– Crookwell Showground will get $38,962 to resurface the trotting and equestrian track.

Minister for Water, Housing and Property Melinda Pavey said the COVID-19 stimulus program has now allocated a total of $55.77 million to 795 showground improvement projects across the state.

“We previously provided $35.77 million across the State to support 623 upgrade projects at 187 showgrounds which have so far supported over 1,490 jobs, providing work for tradespeople, suppliers and fabricators,” Mrs Pavey said.

“Now with the allocation of this further $20 million we will see a further 172 upgrade projects at 73 showgrounds to support more improvements and jobs.

“Showground projects across the State have been wide ranging – from rebuilds of grandstands, pavilions, arenas and stables to upgrades of kitchen and amenities blocks, lighting and electrical systems, water and sewerage networks, roads and paths, boundary fencing, and ground irrigation systems. “These investments are providing a kick-start by improving the safety, use and condition of showground infrastructure while stimulating communities with work for carpenters, plumbers, electricians, painters and other trades as well as suppliers.”

NEW POLICE RESCUE TRUCK DELIVERED TO GOULBURN

A new state-of-the-art Police Rescue truck, equipped with a high-tech vertical winch and a drone, has been rolled out today at its new home in Goulburn.

This new lighter, custom made Heavy Rescue truck has seating for six people and will replace its Medium Rescue truck predecessor. With enhanced equipment storage, the Hino 1424 Medium Rigid Crew Cab has been designed by operators to ensure improved accessibility to equipment and has been fitted with the most up-to-date technology.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott joined Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman, and NSW Police Force Deputy Commissioner David Hudson to unveil the new resource.

Mr Elliott said this is the second of the 11 new Heavy Rescue trucks that will be delivered to metropolitan and regional locations across the state.

“This is a major investment by this government to support the important work of our police rescue officers. It will pay dividends for years to come, providing a responsive and well equipped rescue capability to serve the people of NSW,” Mr Elliott said.

“The new rescue truck in Goulburn is part of the $6.75 million replacement of the state’s Heavy Rescue fleet.”

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said the impressive new vehicle will be a great asset to the area.

“The people of this area can rest easy knowing if they are ever need of rescue, this truck will be well equipped to keep them safe.”

“The vehicles are outfitted with specialist equipment such as drones, vertical rescue ascender, 100 tonne hydraulic cylinders, extended duration breathing apparatus, and road crash rescue hydraulics with electric rewind reels.”

NSW Police Force Deputy Commissioner David Hudson said the new rescue truck fleet features the latest technology and equipment and has been developed based on the feedback of officers on the ground.

“This is the second of our new heavy rescue trucks. The vehicles have been purpose-built based on the specifications and requirements identified by the rescue officers themselves,” Deputy Commissioner Hudson said.

“Initial testing has been positive, and I am confident that this new class of rescue truck will help us deliver enhanced rescue responses across the state.”

The NSW Police Force will take delivery all outstanding Heavy Rescue trucks over the course of 2021, with six to be based in metropolitan locations and 5 regionally located.