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Iluka Ambulance Station officer Sally Quinn is pictured with Ann and John McLean at the new Iluka Ambulance Station. Image: Contributed

Iluka Ambulance Station open for business

Geoff Helisma

 

It took a whole of a community effort to convince the NSW Government to build an ambulance station in Iluka – last weekend the station was opened for business, albeit with fewer staff than was promised.

“It’s a magnificent building, state of the art,” said Ann and John McLean, who began their campaign at the Iluka market five-and-a-half years ago.

“We’ve enjoyed overwhelming support from the local community and outlying community as well,” said Ann.

John said, “Without the support of Iluka and Woombah residents, and the rest of the 11,500 people who signed the petition, we never would have got to where we are today.”

“That’s what got us over the line,” Ann said.

“And the support of our [volunteer] committee, which met on numerous occasions – a group of people who helped us all the way through, delivering pamphlets and discussing what to do next.”

For the time being, five paramedics will operate the station on a 24-hour on-call roster.

Eventually, 12 paramedics will staff the station.

“Some [government] funding was spent by a third party and put into other areas,” Ann said, “but we’ve been promised that we’ll be upgraded to 12 paramedics in the next state budget.”

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