New ambulance station promised

NEW STATION: The Liberal Coalition Government has promised Mansfield ambulance officers a new station if re-elected this Saturday - along with additional funding to Mansfield District Hospital to advance its primary care precinct. Liberal Eildon candidate Cindy McLeish was in town on Friday to make the announcements. PHOTO: Rhyll McCormack

MANSFIELD ambulance officers have been promised a new station, including a specialised MICA single responder unit, if the Coalition Government is re-elected this weekend.

“If the government retains power it will rebuild the Mansfield Ambulance Station, which will house a new mobile intensive care ambulance (MICA) single responder,” Liberal candidate for Eildon Cindy McLeish announced last week.

A new site would be determined for the building of the ambulance station in order to accommodate the existing 24-hour service, and MICA single responder unit.

“The addition of a MICA unit will benefit the residents of Mansfield as well as neighboring communities through the provision of specialist-trained paramedics,” Ms McLeish said.

Funding of $1.8 million will be committed to acquire new land and build a modern ambulance station, with additional funding allocated for the single responder unit.

However, Mansfield ambulance paramedic Jason Learmonth said while the money was welcome, it was not being directed at the most urgent areas.

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