Premier Jay Weatherill
Minister Jack Snelling
Minister for Health
Planning for the new $4.5 million Noarlunga ambulance station took a step forward today with the release of new details and images of the state-of-the-art facility.
Premier Jay Weatherill said the new station is expected to be completed and occupied by the end of June 2016.
“The existing Noarlunga Ambulance station, based on Flaxmill Road, Morphett Vale, currently houses five ambulances and the infrastructure is ageing,” Mr Weatherill said.
“The new station, located on Beach Road Noarlunga, will provide state-of-the-art facilities, accommodate 10 emergency ambulances and up to four specialised vehicles.
“The increased capacity will help the paramedics and staff at Noarlunga continue to provide high-quality care to our growing southern suburbs.”
Health Minister Jack Snelling said the new Noarlunga Station delivered on an election commitment from the Labor Government and the details and images that have been released today would give the community an idea of the scope and the design of the new building.
“The new station will also serve as the regional headquarters for the southern area and will include training facilities for southern ambulance crews.
“An application for the construction of the new station has been submitted to the Development Assessment Commission and once approval is received, the project will go out to tender.
“The southern community will also benefit from the new station, which is well-positioned to access the Southern Expressway, improving the ambulance service’s response to the community.”
Mr Snelling said he was pleased with the progress of planning at Noarlunga and added that preliminary work was also occurring for the new station in Seaford, also committed to at the last election.
“There is also a possibility that the scope for Noarlunga will be further expanded based on the proposals for additional paramedics as part of the Transforming Health proposals, he said.”
“Under Transforming Health, the Government is proposing to employ an additional 72 additional ambulance staff and invest in 12 additional ambulances.
“If the Noarlunga Ambulance Station was to be expanded further, this expansion could easily be achieved without significantly impacting on the current proposal.”
SA Ambulance Service is currently in the process of sourcing an appropriate site for the new Seaford station which will best meet the service delivery needs of the community.
The announcement was made today after State Cabinet met in Christies Beach.
“I am keen to take Cabinet meetings out of the city so that Ministers can speak with locals and discuss issues that are important to them,” Mr Weatherill said.
“We currently have significant consultations underway on issues including tax reform, transforming our health system, the state’s time zone and our involvement in the nuclear fuel cycle – all of these issues affect southern suburbs residents who should have their say on these issues."
Cabinet will meet in Port Adelaide and the northern suburbs in the coming weeks ahead of the first Country Cabinet meeting of the year in the state’s mid-north.
For more information about the new ambulance station plans visit www.saambulance.com.au.
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