Health Minister Jillian Skinner has confirmed that the $150 million plan will be funded by an initial $24 million, as part of the 2014/15 State Budget.
The new stations will be located at:
- 96-102 Canterbury Road, Bankstown
- 10 Bungarribee Road, Blacktown
- 1-9 Rocky Point Road, Kogarah
- 1 Hoxton Park Road, Liverpool
- 141 High Street, Penrith
“While ambulance stations across Sydney have been refurbished or replaced on existing sites, a major new station has not been built in Sydney for over 16 years,” Mrs Skinner said.
The new station sites were identified through the NSW Ambulance Sydney Metropolitan Infrastructure Strategy. The strategy aims to improve ambulance response times by reorganising and enhancing infrastructure to better serve NSW paramedics.
The new stations will serve the ‘hub and stand-by’ model of emergency response, where stations will act as hubs that accommodate vehicles and training services, and where paramedics will start and finish their shifts.
“Today’s announcement builds on the exciting direction set out in the Reform Plan for NSW Ambulance,” Mrs Skinner said.
“We are putting NSW Ambulance on a modern footing, which will allow us to improve response times while using our resources more efficiently.”