In a boost for the local region, Medowie is set to be home to a new ambulance station.
And, the community will benefit from the state-of-the-art facility under the NSW Government’s $100 million Stage 2 Rural Ambulance Infrastructure Reconfiguration (RAIR) program.
NSW Ambulance chief executive Dr Dominic Morgan welcomed the announcement of the building.
“When we can provide a new service to meet demand, it means our committed paramedics will be better equipped and positioned to do what they do best,” he said.
His sentiments were backed by Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Taylor Martin.
“The additional $100 million will deliver upgraded, rebuilt or entirely new NSW Ambulance stations in rural and regional NSW,” he said.
“As for the Medowie facility, it’ll tailored to meet the needs of the local community and support paramedics as they continue to deliver high-quality emergency healthcare.
“Medowie has been identified as the optimal location for a new ambulance station to sustain the increasing demand for services in the local area.
“This is another example of the NSW Government fulfilling its promise to improve health infrastructure across regional and rural areas and enhance the high-quality emergency medical care delivered to local communities.”
The $100 million Stage 2 of the RAIR program follows the success of the NSW Government’s $132 million first phase – the largest investment in NSW Ambulance’s 125-year history, with 24 locations across the state benefitting from an upgraded, rebuilt or entirely new ambulance station.
Earlier this year, two other Hunter sites, Birmingham Gardens and Rutherford, officially opened their doors.
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 NSW Ambulance staff across the state, the third tranche of the June 2018 commitment to recruit 750 additional paramedic and control centre staff over four years.