The Peninsula community is another step closer to a new state-of-the-art ambulance station with Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Adam Crouch today turning the first sod to mark the start of construction at the Woy Woy Hospital campus site.
Mr Crouch said the Woy Woy ambulance station will support the brand new station in Kincumber which was announced as part of this year’s 2022-23 NSW Budget in June.
“It is an exciting day for our community to see construction now underway on our new multimillion dollar ambulance station which will be a game changer for our outstanding local paramedics,” Mr Crouch said.
“The new Woy Woy station has been designed and tailored to the needs of the Peninsula community and will ensure our local paramedics can continue to deliver high-quality emergency healthcare.
“The station will feature internal parking for 10 emergency ambulance vehicles, administration and office areas, training and meeting rooms, an external wash bay, on-site staff parking, logistics and storage area and gym.”
Minister for Regional Health Bronnie Taylor said the new Woy Woy ambulance station will replace the existing station at Ettalong, boosting frontline emergency care in the region.
“Today’s milestone is the next step in delivering a new ambulance station for the local community, ensuring local paramedics have access to the latest facilities to provide the best emergency care, now and into the future,” Mrs Taylor said.
“The NSW Government is committed to investing in rural and regional health infrastructure to support better health outcomes for local communities.”
NSW Ambulance Assistant Commissioner Clare Lorenzen said NSW Ambulance worked to identify the new location using best practice demand modelling software which maps Triple Zero calls.
“Our paramedics need and deserve the best possible workplace for emergency medical care, and this new station will make a real difference to their working environment. Ettalong ambulance station will continue to operate until the new station at Woy Woy is complete.” Ms Lorenzen said.
The new Woy Woy ambulance station is due for completion in mid-2023, with Patterson Building Group undertaking construction.
The Rural Ambulance Infrastructure Reconfiguration program (RAIR) is the single largest investment in regional NSW Ambulance’s 127-year history, with 24 new or upgraded ambulance stations already delivered as part of the $132 million Stage 1 of the program. Another $100 million investment into ambulance assets is being delivered under Stage 2 of the program.
NSW Ambulance will recruit 2,128 new staff and open 30 more stations after a $1.76 billion boost announced as part of the NSW Government’s 2022-23 Budget.
The $1.76 billion over four years will provide NSW with 1,858 extra paramedics, 210 ambulance support staff, 52 nurses and eight doctors. The NSW Government will also deliver 30 new stations including stations at Warilla, Kincumber, Lisarow, Gateshead, Swansea, Cherrybrook, Raby and Narellan.