Victoria Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy
State Government Opens New Ambulance Station At Eltham
Victor P Taffa
Andrews Government has officially opened Eltham’s new ambulance station.
Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy today joined Member for Eltham Vicki Ward to unveil the $1.6 Million cutting-edge station on Grand Boulevard and Apex Way.
“For too long, Eltham’s paramedics have had to work out of cramped and antiquated facilities. We’ve fixed that and given them a home base they can be proud of.” Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy said.
“We promised we’d build a new ambulance station to give locals the peace of mind that an ambulance is just around the corner when they need one and we’ve delivered.”
New station replaces previous station that had housed local ambulance services for nearly 50 years and will give paramedics new facilities and room to grow.
New Eltham Ambulance Station Features:
- 4 ambulance bays,
- 4 rest and recline rooms for hard-working paramedics,
- Large training room,
- Off-street parking for staff.
New branch will become home to 40 local paramedics who serve the nearby community.
“Andrews Government is repairing the ambulance crisis left behind by the Liberals, who went to war with our paramedics and let response times blow out and become the worst on the Australian mainland.” Minster Hennessy said.
$500 Million plan is recruiting 450 more paramedics, getting more vehicles on the road and building new stations right around the state.
In the City of Banyule, the latest quarterly performance data shows 90.4 % of ambulances are arriving within 15 minutes of Code 1 emergencies up from 89.2 % some 3 months earlier.
“Community campaigned long and hard for this new ambulance station and I’m delighted to have stood with them all the way.” Member for Eltham Vicki Ward said.
Average time an ambulance takes to reach the scene of a Code 1 emergency over the same period has decreased from 10 minutes and 7 seconds to 9 minutes and 58 seconds.