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Six New Ambulance Sites On The Way

18 December 2016

The Andrews Labor Government will buy land for six new ambulance stations in some of Melbourne’s fastest-growing outer suburbs to meet the needs of an expanding population.

Minister for Suburban Development Lily D’Ambrosio has announced that $8.5 million from the Growth Areas Infrastructure Contributions (GAIC) fund will be used to buy the land, including $1.1 million to purchase a site in Pakenham for a new purpose-built modern facility.

A future site for an ambulance station at Mernda was announced by the Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy earlier this year.

Another four sites for future ambulance stations will be purchased at Taylors Lakes, Wyndham Vale, Melton and Craigieburn.

GAIC funding supports Melbourne’s growing communities by contributing to significant infrastructure projects like including ambulance sites, parks, schools and public transport.

The fund was established to support essential infrastructure in Melbourne’s growing suburbs through one-off contributions paid by developers in growth areas like Casey, Hume, Melton, Mitchell, Whittlesea, Wyndham, and here in Cardinia.

It’s a key initiative of the Office for Suburban Development, which is developing a five-year plan for jobs, services and infrastructure and to identify where state and federal governments should focus investment.

This announcement is on top of the Labor Government's $500 million investment to employ 450 more paramedics, put more ambulances on the road and build 15 new and upgraded stations across Victoria.

Quote attributable to Minister for Suburban Development Lily D’Ambrosio

“We’re planning for the future and acting now to ensure families in growing areas have the emergency services they need.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy

“We have delivered the biggest investment in Victoria’s history to cut ambulance response times and save lives.”

Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Daniel Mulino

“Residents in the outer suburbs like Pakenham face different challenges to those closer to the city, where access to employment, transport infrastructure and essential services are already established.”

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