Frontline emergency care for residents on the Lower North Shore has received a major boost, with a new ambulance station set to be built in the Cremorne area.
Minister for Health Brad Hazzard said the announcement forms part of a record $1.76 billion NSW Government investment which will transform NSW Ambulance services over the next four years with more than 2,000 extra staff, including 1,858 paramedics, and 30 new ambulance stations across NSW.
“Ambulance services are experiencing unprecedented demand and this new station will not only help us continue to meet that demand but also provide our hardworking paramedics with first-class health facilities as they assist communities in their time of need,” Mr Hazzard said.
“The NSW Government is investing in ambulance stations right across the state to ensure communities continue to receive emergency care when they need it, no matter where they live.”
Member for Willoughby Tim James welcomed the news which he says will ensure the local community has greater access to emergency care when and where they need it most.
“Not only will this new ambulance station boost local health services and bring more jobs to the local area, it will also provide a better working environment for our paramedics who are doing their utmost to serve our community,” Mr James said.
“The new station will feature internal parking for emergency ambulance vehicles, vehicle wash facilities, multipurpose spaces to support staff education, logistics and storage spaces, an office area for administration as well as staff amenities.”
NSW Ambulance identifies suitable locations to improve ambulance response times for patients using best practice modelling software that maps Triple Zero call demands.
Member for North Shore Felicity Wilson said the exact location for the new ambulance station identified for Cremorne will be determined once further planning is completed which includes working with key stakeholders to identify a suitable site.
“With Cremorne identified as a priority location for a new ambulance station, we will now commence a process to identify potential sites for the build,” Ms Wilson said.
“This process will ensure we can best meet the needs of the Lower North Shore community and our emergency staff.”
The NSW Government is committed to increasing the capacity of NSW Ambulance. In total, more than $1 billion is being invested across three major NSW Ambulance infrastructure programs, with more than 100 projects announced since 2014.
The NSW Government’s $1 billion investment in NSW Ambulance infrastructure includes:
- Sydney Ambulance Metropolitan Infrastructure Strategy ($184 million) – 19 projects - 18 projects completed to date with one due for completion late 2023. Program began 2014.
- NSW Ambulance Infrastructure Program ($615.5 million) 30 projects - 8 in early planning. Program announced in 2022-23 State Budget.
- RAIR program Stage 1 & 2 ($232 million) – 54 projects – 41 complete, 13 underway. Program began 2015.
The new ambulance station for the Cremorne area is being delivered as part of the $615.5 million NSW Ambulance Infrastructure Program, and is additional to the Artarmon Superstation which opened in 2018 under the NSW Government’s $184 million Sydney Ambulance Metropolitan Infrastructure Strategy program.