A group of people hold shovels at a construction site.
The sod turning ceremony was attended by representatives from Health Infrastructure, Ambulance NSW, the Cootamundra-Gundagai Council, the Murrumbidgee Local Health District, local Paramedics and Steph Cooke MP.

Construction has officially commenced on the new Cootamundra Ambulance Station with a sod turning ceremony.

The facility is part of the $122 million Rural Ambulance Infrastructure Reconfiguration (RAIR) program by the NSW Government.

The Cootamundra station will be the first in the state to feature a Photovoltaic Solar Energy System. It will be part of a pilot program with two other stations around the state to gather data on the return on investment of solar panels.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke broke ground on the site which will feature internal parking for up to four emergency ambulance vehicles, administration and office areas, staff amenities, relief accommodation and other facilities.

“This facility has been designed with the input from our local paramedics, so it’s tailor made for this community,” Ms Cooke said.

“It’s a station that will cater to the future medical needs of Cootamundra and is part of the biggest upgrade of rural and regional NSW Ambulance infrastructure in the history of the service.”

“There has been a fantastic partnership between Health Infrastructure, NSW Ambulance, the Murrumbidgee Local Health District along with the Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council to make this project happen.”

“Out of 24 new or upgraded Ambulance stations in the state, seven are in the Cootamundra Electorate. The NSW Government is sending a clear message that it is investing in the health of regional communities.”

The new Cootamundra Ambulance Station is scheduled for completion in early 2021.