Almost $200,000 in state government funding allocated to upgrade Mungindi Ambulance Station

UPGRADE INCOMING: Mungindi paramedic Jacob ORance, Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall, Station Officer Erin Matterson and paramedic Kez Matterson outside the Mungindi Ambulance Station.
UPGRADE INCOMING: Mungindi paramedic Jacob ORance, Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall, Station Officer Erin Matterson and paramedic Kez Matterson outside the Mungindi Ambulance Station.

The Mungindi Ambulance Station will be getting a major facelift with almost $200,000 in state government funding going toward an upgrade announced by Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall.

Mungindi Progress Association (MPA) and the local paramedics approached Mr Marshall earlier this year about the poor condition of the station and the local MP recently toured the ageing facility.

"I immediately contacted Health Minister Brad Hazzard, who has allocated $175,000 in funding to address the most pressing issues at the station," Mr Marshall said.

"While this is very welcome news, and will do a lot to make the lives of our local paramedics a lot more comfortable, the community really needs a brand new station."

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Mr Marshall said the upgrade works were vital in making sure Mungindi remained a permanent, stand-alone station, and to address the negative impact the poor conditions were having on keeping paramedics in the town.

"Last year the MPA wrote to me, worried about the declining condition of Mungindi Ambulance Station, fearful it would act as a barrier to attracting new paramedics," he said.

"As a result NSW Ambulance conducted a building audit on the station, which did identify needed improvements.

"I am pleased to say already two new roller doors have been installed and good progress is being made on the rest of the project to improve the work and storage areas as well as the sleeping quarters for visiting paramedics."

Mr Marshall thanked MPA president Anna Harrison and Mungindi paramedic Erin Matterson for their help in lobbying the NSW government.

"Mungindi's paramedics do an incredible job looking after the health of residents in often isolated and adverse conditions," he said.

"As a government, we need to ensure they have the best possible resources and facilities on hand, so they can provided the highest quality clinical care possible.

"I want to congratulate the efforts of all the staff at Mungindi Ambulance Station who I am sure will be excited to see their refurbished digs complete by the end of June.

"I'll continue to work with them to secure further capital funds in future years for a brand new station in Mungindi."