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Foster Ambulance Station works about to begin

THE Andrews Labor Government is boosting Gippsland’s ambulance resources, ensuring paramedics have the facilities and support they need to quickly respond to local emergencies and provide critical care to the community.

Minister for Ambulance Services Mary-Anne Thomas last week announced that a builder has been appointed to construct the new multi-million-dollar ambulance station on Station Road in Foster.

The new ambulance station will be built by Bowden Corporation and will feature a three-bay garage for ambulances, and two rest and recline areas for hard-working paramedics to recuperate. There will also be new training facilities, a fully equipped kitchen, and improved security and car parking to ensure paramedics stay safe.

Built across two sites, construction involves rebuilding the existing ambulance station site and the former police residence. Construction is expected to get underway once permits are in place with paramedics to be relocated to temporary accommodation, premises at the rear of the current station.

The Labor Government has committed almost $249 million to upgrade and rebuild ambulance stations since 2015, to provide better working conditions for paramedics and ensure lifesaving emergency care is available for all Victorians.

Other ambulance stations either under construction, about to be built or awaiting a builder appointment across Victoria include in Clyde North, Epping, Karingal, Oak Park, Rochester, Warragul, Ararat and Inglewood.

The new Foster Ambulance Station forms part of the Government’s continued investment in Ambulance Victoria, bolstered by an additional $124 million in the Victorian Budget 2022/23 to employ more paramedics, buy new vehicles and get more Victorians the care they need.

Since coming to government in 2014, the paramedic workforce has been expanded by more than 56 percent – with an increase of almost 2,000 paramedics.

Minister for Ambulance Services Mary-Anne Thomas said, “We’re upgrading and building new ambulance stations across Victoria. Modern, advanced, and well-located ambulance stations mean Victorians can receive the best lifesaving emergency care, now and in the future.”

Member for Eastern Victoria Tom McIntosh said, “With builders being appointed and shovels soon to be in the ground, Foster’s dedicated paramedics can look forward to accessing the best possible facilities to support them in their lifesaving work.”

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