Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has announced the passing of a significant milestone in the creation of a new ambulance station for Grenfell.
Health Infrastructure has lodged a Development Application with Weddin Shire Council for the construction of Grenfell NSW Ambulance Station, which will be located next to the Grenfell Multipurpose Service on the Mid Western Highway.
“This is a fantastic point to have reached in our journey towards getting a new ambulance station for Grenfell,” said Ms Cooke.
“The current station on Main Street is 120 years old and has earned the right to come off duty at long last.
“The new station will feature facilities which will enable NSW Ambulance paramedics to better meet the mobile emergency medical care needs of the Grenfell community and surrounding district well into the future.
“This honours the NSW Government’s election commitment to build a new ambulance station at Grenfell as part of the $122 million Rural Ambulance Infrastructure Reconfiguration (RAIR) program,” she added.
Designed with input from local paramedics, the new station will feature:
- Internal parking for up to three emergency ambulance vehicles
- Administration and office areas
- Logistics and storage areas
- Relief accommodation
- Staff parking
The site was announced in July this year, after which a staffed information stand was situated on site which received overwhelming support for this new health infrastructure investment for the community.
“Health Infrastructure, NSW Ambulance, the Western NSW Local Health District along with the Weddin Shire Council are all working together to deliver this vital piece of infrastructure for the Grenfell district,” Ms Cooke said.
“Pending planning approval, construction should begin early next year and I can’t wait to see it take shape, all being well with the application,” Ms Cooke added.
To date, 23 upgraded, rebuilt or new regional and rural ambulance stations have been announced under the RAIR program, including completed stations at Coolamon, Ardlethan, and Harden.
This represents the biggest regional and rural transformation of NSW Ambulance infrastructure in the organisation’s history.