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Planning underway for new Miriam Vale ambulance station

PLANNING is underway for a $2 million ambulance station at Miriam Vale, while the second phase of Gladstone's upgraded station is due for completion this month.

Gladstone MP Liz Cunningham said a new station at Miriam Vale would offer reprieve for the high number of highway call outs.

Funding for Miriam Vale's new station was announced in the Federal Budget this year. The project is ear-marked for completion in June 2016 to replace the existing station on the Bruce Hwy.

"The need is there because a lot of their coverage is on the highway," Ms Cunningham said.

"They have their normal call outs but they have a significant number of highway call outs."

She said accident statistics would determine what was needed at the facility.

Meanwhile the second phase of upgrades to the Gladstone Ambulance Station is due to be completed this month, with the final phase expected to finish in September.

Mrs Cunningham said the upgrades to the Gladstone Ambulance Station were overdue.

"Unfortunately, at the moment because our hospital does a lot of transfers out of Rockhampton and Bundaberg, there needs to be an increased capacity for the ambulance to ensure coverage to the community," she said, adding the changes would ensure the station was up to the standard of a 24-hour urban station.

Upgrades began this year.

AMBULANCE STATIONS

Miriam Vale

$100,000 in planning

$1.9 million in construction

Gladstone

$1.8 million

Improved training facilities

10 vehicle bays

Upgraded staff amenities and relief accommodation

Topics:  ambulance, gladstone, liz cunnigham, miriam vale, upgrade




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