Posted April 5th, 2024

The first ambulance station in Old Bar was officially opened today at 105 Old Bar Road. The project forms part of the NSW Coalition Government’s $232 million investment to deliver the Rural Ambulance Reconfiguration (RAIR) Stages 1 and 2 programs.

Member for Myall Lakes Tanya Thompson, highlighted the station’s purpose-built design, featuring internal parking for up to four emergency ambulance vehicles, relief accommodation for paramedics, administrative offices, logistics and storage areas, an internal wash bay and staff parking.

Expressing enthusiasm for the station’s opening, Mrs Thompson said, “This new station will significantly enhance the working environment for our paramedics, and I am excited to see it officially open.

“Old Bar Ambulance Station was designed with input from local paramedics. It provides a high-quality base, ensuring that our paramedics are equipped to meet current and future demand for emergency care in our region.

“It also means that the Old Bar community can be sure their healthcare needs will be met in emergency situations.”

The Old Bar ambulance station complements the recently established ambulance station in Forster and the refurbishments at Taree and Bulahdelah stations, all of which are integral components of RAIR Stage 2.

“Together, these reconfigurations serve to improve access to mobile emergency healthcare across the Myall Lakes,” said Mrs Thompson.

The Rural Ambulance Infrastructure Reconfiguration (RAIR) program is the single largest investment in regional NSW Ambulance’s almost 130-year history, with 54 new, rebuilt or upgraded ambulance stations delivered in rural and regional NSW, to support the delivery of enhanced out-of-hospital emergency medical care.

The NSW Government has completed 51 of the total 54 NSW Ambulance stations.

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