Site announced for new Iluka Ambulance Station

Monday 22 June

A site adjacent to the Iluka Bowling Club has been identified as the preferred location for the first NSW Ambulance station for the community of Iluka.

This is a significant milestone in the NSW Government’s election commitment to build a first ambulance station at Iluka as part of the $122 million Rural Ambulance Infrastructure Reconfiguration (RAIR) program.

The NSW Government is investing in purpose-built and modern NSW Ambulance stations to support the clinical capability of our highly trained paramedics.

The site, at 75-79 Spenser Street Iluka, will enable local NSW Ambulance paramedics to better meet the current and future demand for mobile emergency medical care in Iluka and surrounds.

Health Infrastructure and NSW Ambulance acknowledge the support provided to date from the Iluka Bowling Club, Iluka Ambulance Action Group and Clarence Valley Council in delivering this project; all organisations are working together to deliver this vital piece of infrastructure for the Iluka district.

The purpose-built station is being designed with input from local paramedics and tailored to the needs of the local Iluka community and surrounds.

The new station will ensure local paramedics have fit-for-purpose infrastructure to better meet the emergency medical care needs of the local community.

The station is one of three participating in a solar trial across the state. The station will feature a Photovoltaic Solar Energy System as part of the build, aiming to improve energy efficiency by generating electricity from an environmental-friendly power source.

The solar system is also being trialled at Cootamundra and Sawtell. These stations will act as a pilot and allow NSW Ambulance to gather further data on the efficiencies and return on investment of solar panels.

Once completed, the new station will include:
  • Internal parking for up to four emergency ambulance vehicles
  • Administration and office areas
  • Staff amenities
  • Logistics and storage areas
  • Relief accommodation
  • Staff parking
  • Delivery and loading bay
  • Internal wash bay
Next steps include further due diligence, completion of site acquisition, preliminary design and seeking planning approval for the new station.

To date, 24 upgraded, rebuilt or new regional and rural ambulance stations have been announced under the RAIR program, including completed stations at Wagga Wagga, Coolamon, Ardlethan, Harden, Molong, Griffith, Kiama, Berry, Bay & Basin and Toukley, Wauchope, Hamlyn Terrace, Bathurst Pottsville, Yass, Rutherford, Bungendore, Cowra, Grenfell, Goulburn and Birmingham Gardens.

This represents the biggest regional and rural transformation of NSW Ambulance infrastructure in the organisation’s history.

Across the local region there is significant investment in health infrastructure underway including the $17.5 million Grafton Ambulatory Care project nearing completion, and the recently completed Evans Head HealthOne facility delivered as part of the Government’s $100 million HealthOne Strategy.

Pictured below: Local Member Chris Gulaptis with founders of the Iluka Ambulance Action Group, John & Ann McLean (far right), representatives from Iluka Bowls Club, NSW Ambulance and Health Infrastructure.