New ambulance station on track

The new Tumut ambulance station is likely to be finished before 2022 is out.

The new Tumut ambulance station is on track to be finished before the end of this year. 

According to NSW Health Infrastructure, in addition to the $50 million Tumut Hospital redevelopment, construction of the new co-located ambulance station is progressing well.

Earthworks for the new ambulance station are nearing completion with the concrete slab for the building scheduled to be poured in the coming weeks, followed by construction of the building structure.

Construction is set to be completed in late-2022, with the new station to begin operating after commissioning is completed.

The new Tumut Ambulance Station is being delivered as part of the NSW Government’s $232 million Rural Ambulance Infrastructure Reconfiguration (RAIR) program to provide local paramedics with a modern working environment and the latest equipment to deliver high-quality emergency care for the local community.

While NSW Ambulance has not specified how much the ambulance station in Tumut will cost, there are 50 stations covered by the $232 million. 

It will feature internal parking for up to six emergency ambulance vehicles, including an external wash bay, administration, office areas, staff amenities, logistics and storage areas as well as staff parking and relief accommodation.

It was announced in May last year that the new station would be built on the site of the new hospital, replacing the current 50-year-old and run-down station in Fitzroy Street.

Joint education and training between ambulance and hospital staff will also be a possibility once the new station is operational.

Five locations were considered for the station, and it was decided to locate the station at the north-west corner of the hospital campus on Lambie Street, with an alternative access through to Simpson Street.

NSW Ambulance says the site offers optimal support for hospital functions during an emergency, meets the guidelines for helipad operations, minimises impact to hospital functions and amenity and allows for future hospital expansion. Technical issues related to building on difficult terrain and detracting from the views of the new Tumut Hospital were also a major consideration alongside proximity to a pre-school.

Also, it says that this location will not impact on future planning and expansion of Tumut Hospital, has the additional access point via Simpson Street, is an optimal location for hospital functions, amenities and support, and that the building will blend into redevelopment and provides an appropriate built form response.

However, many Tumut residents expressed their dismay at the station being situated in this spot.

In the Tumut and Adelong Times of Friday August 13 2021, then Snowy Valleys Councillor Andrianna Benjamin said that there had been no consultation with the community or council, and that she had had correspondence with Lambie Street residents who were greatly concerned about noise pollution and a reduction in their home values.

A resident wrote to the Times saying “This all has been the most disgraceful show of planning and disrespectful attitudes from huge government departments who are only “Ticking-A-Box”, so they can say they’ve got the job done. Tumut residents deserve better.” 

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