Upgrade For Castlemaine Ambulance Station

Upgrade For Castlemaine Ambulance Station

Victoria Shadow Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan

Coalition Announces Upgraded 24 HR Castlemaine Ambulance Station

Victor P Taffa

Castlemaine ambulance station will be upgraded to deliver 24-hour local ambulance coverage under a Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government, Shadow Minister for Regional and Rural Development and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan said today.

Mr. Ryan, who made the announcement in Castlemaine with Shadow Minister for Health David Davis, said the Coalition would commit up to $2 Million for a refurbishment of Castlemaine Ambulance Station to ensure it had the capacity to provide 24-hour service to the community.

“All Victorians deserve a fully-equipped ambulance service that can respond to the needs of the community, but a lack of Brumby Government funding and resources have stretched the Castlemaine Ambulance Station to breaking point.” Mr. Ryan said.


“For 18 months now, Castlemaine Ambulance Station has been trialling a 24 hour roster utilising paramedic trainees, with full time staff working excessively long hours to meet local needs.”

“Premier John Brumby has refused to provide clear direction on whether Castlemaine Ambulance Station will receive additional staff and be permanently upgraded to 24-hours.”

“The Coalition’s $2 Million Capital commitment to upgrade Castlemaine Ambulance Station and extend it permanently to 24 hours with extra staff will ensure local families have peace of mind with ambulance services around the clock.”

Mr. Ryan said Castlemaine had been neglected by the Brumby Government and abandoned by the Member for Bendigo West, Bob Cameron.

“Despite overwhelming community support for more ambulance services, Castlemaine has been ignored by Labor when further resources were desperately needed.” Mr. Ryan said.

Mr. Ryan said the population of the Castlemaine area was projected to grow significantly and more resources and better infrastructure were desperately required.

“The needs of the community can’t be ignored any longer. The Coalition will ensure the ambulance station will be staffed around the clock and rebuilt to a modern standard.” Mr. Ryan said.

VIC Shadow Minister for Health David Davis

VIC Shadow Minister for Health David Davis









Shadow Minister for Health David Davis said that as the recently released report by the Auditor-General confirmed, after 11 years under Labor, Ambulance Services in Victoria were in chaos and suffering from under-resourcing and mismanagement, particularly in regional areas.

“John Brumby and Labor have failed to manage Ambulance Victoria, and have botched the merger of Rural Ambulance Victoria and the Metropolitan Ambulance Service.” Mr. Davis said.

“It is time for action to be taken and only a Coalition Government is committed to rebuilding Victoria’s Ambulance Service.”

Mr. Davis said the Coalition would take action to address the current disastrous state of Victoria’s Ambulance Service and ensure regional areas, including Castlemaine, were properly resourced to receive the services they deserved.

“In July this year the Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition vowed to take action to strengthen Ambulance Victoria, with the recruitment of 340 additional Ambulance Staff, including 43 Paramedics and six Patient Transport Officers for the Loddon Mallee Region.” Mr. Davis said.

“In addition to upgrading Castlemaine Ambulance Station, the Coalition will upgrade Maryborough Ambulance Station to 24 hours and build a $630 Million world-class Hospital for Bendigo.

“The Coalition’s planned upgrade of the Castlemaine Ambulance Station reinforces our commitment to Regional Health Services.” Mr. Davis said.