Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders says a refurbishment of Mudgee Ambulance Station will help change the working lives of paramedics in the Mid-Western area.
The upgrade will happen as part of the NSW Government’s $232 million Rural Ambulance Infrastructure Reconfiguration (RAIR) program, aimed at delivering a better work environment for staff.
Work on the Mudgee upgrade is expected to start later this year.
“Alongside the new $70.7 million Mudgee Hospital, the updated ambulance station means the people of Mudgee and the surrounding communities will have access to the best healthcare in state-of-the-art settings,” Mr Saunders said.
“This refurbishment will include alterations and additions to staff amenities, plant room improvements, and other upgrades including new carpets and repainting.
“Our ambulance officers are often subjected to terrible situations, so it makes sense that we provide a work environment that is as pleasant as possible.”
The RAIR program is the single largest investment in regional NSW Ambulance’s 126-year history, with 24 new or upgraded ambulance stations already delivered or under construction as part of the $132 million Stage 1 program.
Another $100 million worth of ambulance assets will be delivered throughout rural and regional NSW under Stage 2.
“The NSW Government is committed to investing in rural and regional health infrastructure to support better health outcomes for local communities,” NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said.
“Our paramedics need the best possible workplace to provide emergency medical care, and the infrastructure improvements will make a real difference to their working environment.”