Am­bos for Broad­ford

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

Broad­ford’s first am­bu­lance sta­tion has moved a step closer, with Mitchell Shire Council agree­ing to sell a par­cel of land to the Vic­to­rian Govern­ment.

The land, at 45-51 Hamil­ton St, will soon house the new Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria base.

The pro­posed am­bu­lance sta­tion would be co-lo­cated with a new fire sta­tion, on land cur­rently be­ing pre­pared for sale to the CFA.

In De­cem­ber 2016, Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes an­nounced fund­ing for the Broad­ford am­bu­lance sta­tion, which is set to be staffed by seven full-time equiv­a­lent paramedics.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda San­der­son said the es­tab­lish­ment of an am­bu­lance sta­tion in Broad­ford was im­por­tant, par­tic­u­larly given the growth com­ing to the area.

‘‘An am­bu­lance pres­ence in Broad­ford is long over­due and will give res­i­dents great peace of mind know­ing that such highly-skilled paramedics will soon be based in the town,’’ Cr San­der­son said.

‘‘The Hamil­ton St site is a cen­tral lo­ca­tion with easy ac­cess to main roads to en­able faster ac­cess to emer­gency care. Council looks for­ward to watch­ing the pro­gres­sion of this im­por­tant emer­gency ser­vices hub and we would like to thank the state govern­ment for mak­ing this com­mit­ment to bring this vi­tal emer­gency ser­vice to Broad­ford.’’

Ear­lier this month, let­ters were sent to sur­round­ing land own­ers in­form­ing them of the pro­posed sale.

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