Putting St Arnaud First With New Ambulance Station

The Andrews Labor Government is giving paramedics in St Arnaud the modern ambulance station they need to respond to emergencies and save lives.

Premier Daniel Andrews today met with local paramedics to discuss the facilities and support they need to respond to life threatening medical emergencies, as work continues to acquire a site for the new facility.

The current St Arnaud branch was built in 1969 and lacks adequate facilities for a modern ambulance service.

This branch will be replaced by a state-of-the-art station with spacious, functional garages for vehicles, and modern facilities for paramedics – including lounge areas, a kitchen, training rooms and amenities.

The Labor Government is currently working with Ambulance Victoria and the local community as we look to secure a new site for the branch.

The new St Arnaud ambulance station is part of the Labor Government’s $500 million plan to improve ambulance response times, employ 450 more paramedics, buy new vehicles and build more stations across the state.

This investment, along with a further $26.5 million in the Victorian Budget 2017/18, is the largest funding boost ever delivered for Victoria’s ambulance services.

The Labor Government is rebuilding our ambulance system after four years of crisis and neglect under the Liberals.

Code 1 ambulance response times across Victoria hit 81 per cent in the last quarter – an improvement of six per cent on the same period last year and the best June quarter result on record.

The average response time for an ambulance to reach a Code One emergency in the Northern Grampians Shire has improved from 15:43 minutes to 15:27 minutes over the past three months.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“The new St Arnaud ambulance station will make a huge difference to our hardworking and dedicated paramedics, allowing them to do what they do best, which is saving lives.”

“In a medical emergency every second saves lives. That’s why we’re ensuring people in St Arnaud get the right emergency care, quickly, when they need it.”