Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today announced a $220,000 package of upgrades for the heritage-listed Temora Ambulance Station.

The refurbishment will ensure the ambulance station meets the needs of its paramedic crews and helps them serve the Temora community.

“I’m so pleased to be able to make this announcement, because Temora is a wonderful community which boasts a fantastic team of paramedics at this historic site,” Ms Cooke said.

“There will be some work done on the guttering, some coats of paint and interior renovations, so that the paramedics will have a suitable base of operations for their important work after the work finishes around June.

“And it’ll be wonderful to see the building looking refreshed, right in the centre of town,” Ms Cooke added.

The ambulance station has a rich history, which Ms Cooke said dates back almost 70 years.

“It was built in 1950 and is heritage-listed, with the vacant block – which was the location of the Star Theatre until it burnt down in 1922 – having been purchased in 1944 for 420 pounds.

“It took a further six years to get the foundation stone laid in March 1950, and it was officially opened in May the following year.

“So the old girl is fully deserving of this upgrade, and it’s wonderful that the NSW Government recognises the importance of the refurbishments,” Ms Cooke added.

The work was scheduled following an inspection of the Temora and Young ambulance stations. Temora was allocated funding for the upgrade works, while Young was deemed to be in great condition.

This work is in addition to the Rural Ambulance Infrastructure Reconfiguration (RAIR) program, which is seeing new ambulance stations built in the Cootamundra electorate.

Coolamon received its first ever ambulance station in 2018, which Ms Cooke opened in December, while Ardlethan and Harden stations opened in 2017.

The RAIR program represents the biggest regional and rural transformation of NSW Ambulance infrastructure in the organisation’s history.