North Coast

Ballina builders get to work on Casino’s new ambulance station

Casino locals in need of emergency care will soon be catered for from Australia’s newest ambulance station with a local building company getting construction under way, Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis has announced.

“The current ambulance station has definitely reached retirement age, after ninety years saving generations of Richmond Valley lives,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“The experts analysed a lot of computer data and determined that the best place for the new station for response times is near the Casino & District Memorial Hospital in Canterbury Street.”

Mr Gulaptis said the lead contractor for the build would be Ballina family business Bennett Constructions, which has a strong record of using local subcontractors and materials whenever possible.

“These local builders have vast experience delivering projects like this, including the recently completed Iluka Ambulance Station in the Clarence Valley,” Mr Gulaptis said.

Minister for Regional Health, the Nationals’ Bronnie Taylor, said the Nationals in NSW Government were investing in health infrastructure to enhance healthcare services for local rural and regional communities.

“Casino’s new ambulance station will provide the latest facilities and equipment to help local paramedics best meet the emergency care needs for the Casino community now and into the future – it’s a win for our local paramedics, the Casino community, and the region,” Mrs Taylor said.

The project includes six ambulance parking bays, offices, relief accommodation, logistics areas, a wash bay and staff parking.

The NSW Government has invested a record $1.4 billion in NSW Ambulance in 2021-22 including $334 million in infrastructure funding.