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Monday, 14 January 2019

A major milestone in the construction of the NSW Ambulance station at Bungendore has been reached. The Member for Monaro John Barilaro today joined local residents to turn the first sod and mark the official start of construction of the brand new station.

Over 2000 people signed a petition supporting the need for an ambulance station, with Mr Barilaro announcing the NSW Government’s commitment to the station and the site location in 2018.

Today, community members and petition signatories joined Mr Barilaro for the celebration.

“I’m thrilled to be here turning the sod on this important project, but getting to this stage was no mean feat,” Mr Barilaro said.

“In early 2018, the community got behind the need for the ambulance station, with an outstanding response to the petition and submissions including stories of elderly residents waiting for urgent assistance, parents of young children in moments of panic, and members of the Rural Fire Service in situations where they had to administer high levels of medical care.

“Establishing this new station will ensure that when residents of Bungendore and the surrounding region are in a dire situation, they will know help is not far away.

“I have no doubt the establishment of this new ambulance station will save lives.”

Mr Barilaro said the new station at 31 King Street will enable local NSW Ambulance paramedics to meet the current and future demand for mobile emergency medical care in Bungendore and the surrounding region.

“Bungendore’s population will continue to increase, as will traffic along the Kings Highway, and this new station will lower response times and increase response capabilities,” Mr Barilaro said.

Mr Barilaro said the construction contract had been awarded to Patterson Building Group, with construction expected to be completed in 12 months.

Once completed, the Bungendore Ambulance Station will include:
– Internal parking for up to three emergency ambulance vehicles
– A delivery and loading bay
– Relief quarters and amenities
– Staff parking
– Administration and office areas
– Logistics and storage areas