After years of campaigning by the community, the new ambulance station has opened in fast growing Bungendore.
Member for Monaro John Barilaro joined with the community to officially open the town’s new ambulance station on Friday – November 1.
The new station on King Street will enable local NSW Ambulance paramedics to better meet the current and future needs of the region.
Previously, calling an ambulance in the Bungendore region required a call out from Queanbeyan or Braidwood.
Mr Barilaro says the opening of the new station means when residents are in need, help is not far away.
“When there is an accident on the Kings Highway or when someone is severely injured, it is crucial that medical care is available as fast as possible. This new ambulance station will make sure that happens,” Mr Barilaro says.
“Getting to this stage has been no mean feat and it is thanks to the partnership between the NSW Government and the community that we are standing here today.
“This new station boasts internal parking for up to three emergency vehicles and relief accommodation for staff, ensuring an emergency service for the communities of Bungendore, Bywong, Wamboin and surrounds.” Mr Barilaro says.
The community champion behind the petition calling for the station, Deborah Olde, joined in on the celebrations to mark the official opening. Over 2000 people signed the petition supporting the need for an ambulance station, with Mr Barilaro announcing the NSW Government’s commitment in 2018.
“I am over the moon that this much-needed ambulance station has been delivered and it was built much quicker than we all thought it would be,” Ms Olde says. “This station is going to have an amazing impact on Bungendore.”
From the sod turn early this year, it has been a fast build for the Ambulance Station, which includes; Internal parking for up to three emergency ambulance vehicles, a delivery and loading bay, relief quarters and amenities, staff parking, administration and office areas and logistics and storage areas.
The first two paramedics have already started work at the station.
The Bungendore NSW Ambulance Station is part of the NSW Government’s $122 million Rural Ambulance Infrastructure Reconfiguration Program. The Program currently includes 23 locations across the state that will benefit from an upgraded, rebuilt or entirely new ambulance station.