Frontline emergency care boost in North Coast town of Old Bar


Frontline emergency care across the Mid-North Coast is set to receive a significant boost with the official opening of the brand new Old Bar Ambulance Station.

The purpose-built facility includes internal parking for up to four emergency ambulance vehicles, staff common areas, accommodation, and rest facilities for paramedics, administration and office areas, logistics and storage areas, and a vehicle wash bay.

Labor Spokesperson for Myall Lakes Emily Suvaal, joined NSW Ambulance paramedics, local families, and community members to mark the milestone opening.

The new Old Bar station is one of 54 new or refurbished stations being delivered by the NSW Government’s $232 million Rural Ambulance Infrastructure Reconfiguration (RAIR) program.

The RAIR program is the single largest investment in regional NSW Ambulance’s almost 130-year history, with ambulance stations being delivered in rural and regional NSW, to support the delivery of enhanced out-of-hospital emergency medical care to the community.

Minister for Regional Health Ryan Park said:

“The new Old Bar Ambulance Station is an essential addition to our regional healthcare network, and it will significantly enhance out-of-hospital emergency care for people in this community and beyond.

“The NSW Government is committed to investing in health infrastructure to support better health outcomes for rural and regional communities.

“This new modernised health facility equips our highly skilled paramedics with enhanced resources to meet the growing demand for emergency medical care in the area.

“Modern infrastructure is important, but what I am also really proud of is that we’ve already recruited an additional 54 paramedics to work on the Mid-North Coast under the Strategic Workforce Infrastructure Team program.”

Member of the Legislative Council Emily Suvaal said:

“The new station is a testament to the NSW Government’s dedication to providing first-class emergency services in regional NSW.

“This new Ambulance Station provides a more comfortable working environment for our dedicated paramedics tailored to the needs of the local community and enhancing emergency care in Old Bar and the surrounding areas.”

NSW Ambulance Chief Executive Dr Dominic Morgan said:

“Old Bar Station provides our paramedics with purpose-built facilities and equipment to continue to provide high quality emergency care throughout the Mid-North Coast, now and into the future.

“We’re excited to have this new station up and running for our local crews and the communities it will service in the Mid North Coast of NSW.”

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