Pottsville’s first ambulance station is set to go live within months, with construction of the new, almost $6 million facility now complete.

Member for Tweed Geoff Provest joined Health Minister Brad Hazzard and local paramedics today to inspect the new station.

“This ambulance station has been designed to meet the needs of the local Pottsville community and surrounds, with valuable input from NSW Ambulance paramedics,” Mr Provest said.

“This means our paramedics will receive the vital support they need to meet the local demand for emergency medical care for years to come.”

The new Pottsville station includes:
• Internal parking for up to four emergency ambulance vehicles
• Logistics and storage areas
• Relief accommodation
• Staff parking
• Deliveries and loading bay.

The next steps include an internal fit out and operational commissioning by NSW Ambulance, ahead of the station commencing operation in the coming months.

Mr Hazzard said the construction of the Pottsville Ambulance Station is a significant milestone in the NSW Government’s $122 million Rural Ambulance Infrastructure Reconfiguration (RAIR) program.

“The development of the Pottsville Ambulance Station has come a long way in the last 10 months thanks to the efforts of Geoff Provest together with local paramedics, culminating in this milestone today,” Mr Hazzard said.

“This shows how the Rural Ambulance Infrastructure Reconfiguration Program is delivering critical infrastructure to support our highly trained paramedics responding to locals in need of emergency care.

“The program is the biggest transformation of NSW Ambulance infrastructure in rural and regional areas in the organisation’s history.”

Under the RAIR program, the NSW Government has announced 23 upgraded, rebuilt or new regional and rural ambulance stations. These include completed stations at Wagga Waga, Coolamon, Ardlethan, Harden, Molong, Griffith, Kiama, Berry, Bay and Basin (St George Basin), Toukley, Wauchope, Hamlyn Terrace (Wyong) and Bathurst.