Planning for Iluka’s first ambulance station is progressing well with property investigation the next important step in the process, Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis has announced.
“This is a significant milestone in the NSW Government’s election commitment to build a new ambulance station at Iluka as part of the $122 million Rural Ambulance Infrastructure Reconfiguration (RAIR) program,” Mr Gulaptis said.
“I know the Iluka community is eager to see the ambulance station realised as soon as possible and I can assure them that things are progressing as quickly as possible.
“There are a number of stages involved in building an ambulance station and identifying the best location to support the effective delivery of timely paramedic care to patients across the area is the next step in the planning process.
“Health Infrastructure and NSW Ambulance will engage on the ground with local stakeholders including Clarence Valley Council, the Northern NSW Local Health District and Iluka Ambulance Action Group to discuss delivering this vital piece of infrastructure for the community of Iluka,” Mr Gulaptis said.
Mr Gulaptis said there are a number of criteria that influence the identification of a preferred site including site access and traffic, building design requirements, the area of the proposed lot, the local council’s LEP and planning requirements, proximity to other services such as schools, child care centres, health and other emergency services, local flood and services information, and health precinct/co-location opportunities.
IIuka is the 24th station to be announced under the RAIR program, which includes completed stations at Wagga Wagga, Coolamon, Ardlethan, Harden, Molong, Griffith, Kiama, Berry, Bay & Basin, Toukley, Wauchope, Hamlyn Terrace, Bathurst and Pottsville.
This program represents the biggest regional and rural transformation of NSW Ambulance infrastructure in the organisation’s history.