Today marked a significant milestone in the construction of a new NSW Ambulance station at Cowra, with a sod-turning ceremony marking the official start of construction.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP joined Mayor of Cowra Bill West and representatives from NSW Ambulance, Health Infrastructure and the Western Local Health District to mark the occasion.

“The people of Cowra know I don’t mind getting my hands dirty when it comes to fighting for the heath needs of this community, and today is no exception,” Ms Cooke said.

“I’m extremely proud of this Government’s track record on NSW Ambulance Infrastructure in the Cootamundra electorate.

“Our $122 million Rural Ambulance Infrastructure Reconfiguration (RAIR) Program is a truly wonderful initiative which has made this significant milestone possible. It’s wonderful to be here and see construction officially begin.”

The new station at Kite Street has been designed with input from local paramedics and tailored to the needs of the local Cowra community and surrounds.

It will ensure local paramedics have fit-for-purpose infrastructure to better meet the emergency medical care needs of the local community.

Once completed, the Cowra station will include:

  • Internal parking for up to eight emergency ambulance vehicles
  • Administration and office areas
  • Staff amenities
  • Logistics and storage areas
  • Relief accommodation
  • Staff parking
  • External wash bay

To date, 23 upgraded, rebuilt or new regional and rural ambulance stations have been announced under the RAIR program, including projects at Grenfell, Coolamon, Temora, Ardlethan and Harden.

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