The Andrews Labor Government today announced that a new ambulance station will be built in Karingal as part of a $20 million investment to modernise and upgrade ambulance facilities across Victoria.
The Karingal community is currently served by the Langwarrin ambulance branch which operates out of a leased building.
A new station will mean local families living in the growing suburbs of Langwarrin and Karingal will have a permanent and fit-for-purpose local ambulance branch in cases of emergency.
The Labor Government has worked with Ambulance Victoria to identify branches across Victoria most in need of replacing, and will announce more ambulance stations which will receive upgrades in coming weeks.
Already, the Government has announced seven ambulance stations that will be upgraded across the state – Kew, Preston, Eltham and Dandenong Ambulance Stations in metropolitan Melbourne, and Sale, Orbost, and Echuca Ambulance Stations in regional Victoria.
All of these stations will be replaced with state-of-the-art branches that feature spacious and functional garages for vehicles, and modern facilities for paramedics, including lounge areas, a kitchen, training rooms and amenities.
The Labor Government has invested an extra $99 million in ambulance services in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget to deliver more ambulance services, upgrade ambulance branches and provide new and replacement vehicles and equipment. This extra funding will also provide increased support services for Victoria’s hardworking paramedics.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy
“We’re upgrading our ambulance stations to ensure they’re safe, fit-for-purpose, and comfortable for our hardworking paramedics.”
“If we’re to have a modern ambulance service, we need to have modern facilities, and a leased facility simply isn’t good enough for the families of Karingal.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Frankston Paul Edbrooke
“In line with the Ambulance Performance and Policy Consultative Committee forums and ending the war on paramedics, I’m delighted the Government will build a new local ambulance branch in Karingal.”
“This new station will mean local families will have better and quicker responses to critical medical emergencies in our community.”
Reviewed 10 February 2021