|DOORS OPEN FOR NEW WHITTLESEA AMBULANCE STATION
Thursday, 22 January 2009
Residents in the Northern growth corridor will have an even better ambulance service after the official opening of the new $.3.5 million Whittlesea ambulance station.
Joined by Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green MP, Health Minister Daniel Andrews today officially opened the new station.
“The Brumby Government is taking action to deliver the highest-quality ambulance services and facilities to communities across Victoria,” Mr Andrews said.
“This new ambulance branch will service the rapidly growing population around Whittlesea, and provide paramedics with a purpose built facility including improved training rooms and study spaces.”
Mr Andrews said the Whittlesea crew were responding to about 90 cases each month since it began operating from the new location.
Mr Andrews said Victoria's ambulance service was the best in Australia thanks to the work of our paramedics and record funding from the Brumby Government.
“The Brumby Government has more than doubled funding for ambulance services since 1999,” he said.
“In the last State Budget, the Government invested a record $185.7 million into Victoria’s ambulance service, which included funding for 258 extra paramedics and 59 new and or upgraded services.
“The Brumby Government is committed to improving Victoria’s health system and strengthening our ambulance services.”
For communities in the north, this investment will deliver an additional Peak Period Unit in South Morang and new 24-hour paramedic teams to be based at Broadmeadows and Fawkner.
Ms Green said the opening was great news for local residents.
“Whittlesea and the surrounding areas is a growth corridor, and that’s why this Government is ensuring that residents have access to high-quality ambulance services, close to where they live,” she said.