Sarah Courtney,Minister for Health
The Tasmanian Liberal Government has a clear record of investing in the staff and equipment our ambulance service needs.
I am delighted to announce today that Ambulance Tasmania will be progressively rolling out 15 brand new emergency ambulances over the next 12 months as part of our ongoing fleet replacement.
These new ambulances will feature fresh livery to make them even more visible and will improve safety for our staff on the road.
They have been fitted out by a local Tasmanian company, Mader, based in the North West. Mader is a market leader in its field, producing high quality products and delivering important manufacturing capability and jobs right here in Tasmania.
This investment symbolises what this Government is all about, supporting local jobs in our community, and providing vital equipment for our essential services.
Ambulance Tasmania now has close to one hundred frontline ambulances, as well as more than 50 light vehicles, other specialist vehicles and non-emergency patient transport ambulances.
Within the next six months we are also expecting to complete significant ambulance infrastructure projects – the Smithton Ambulance upgrade, a $1.1 million project that will deliver more space and new facilities for our staff and volunteers, and the new $3 million Campbell Town Ambulance station.
We have also recently completed nearly $700,000 in refurbishments and upgrades, at the New Norfolk, St Helens, Huonville and George Town stations.
These are projects being delivered locally, supporting jobs in our community, and building better health facilities.
We are committed to investing in the staff, equipment and infrastructure we need to support our ambulance services.