I’LL BE BACK

Bar­i­laro prom­ises re­turn visit to Iluka be­fore Christ­mas with an an­swer to their am­bu­lance case

The Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE - ADAM HOURI­GAN adam.houri­gan@dai­lyex­am­iner.com.au MON­DAY: “We won’t stop now”: The fight goes on for Iluka Am­bu­lance Ac­tion Group’s dy­namic duo.

WHEN do the Iluka com­munty want a new am­bu­lance sta­tion?

“NOW!” they shouted in a 300-strong uni­son at Deputy Premier John Bar­i­laro, as he fronted a com­mu­nity meet­ing at the Iluka Bowl­ing Club yes­ter­day.

And while he didn’t ar­rive with cheque­book in hand, he came to lis­ten, and with a prom­ise.

“I’ll make you this com­mit­ment, I’ll come back be­fore Christ­mas – this won’t drag on, you’ve done the work,” he said to the ap­plause of the room

“I’ll face this com­mu­nity one way or the other, and I hope it’ll go your way oth­er­wise you guys will lynch me.”

The crowd, which spilled out of the au­di­to­rium of the club, re­counted story af­ter story of de­lays and frus­tra­tions with the lack of am­bu­lance ser­vice for the town.

Cr Karen Toms told the crowd of an in­ci­dent where at her car­a­van park they were forced to wait for an am­bu­lance for more than an hour who had fainted and had a large gash to his head and was in­co­her­ent.

“That’s just one, there are many more... and it’s very, very dis­tress­ing” she said.

Mr Bar­i­laro said that he had fought a sim­i­lar fight in his own elec­torate, and said he would go back and push back on the in­for­ma­tion he was get­ting from Am­bu­lance NSW and the Health Min­is­ter.

“It’s clear there is a need, and it is a part of the world we need to ser­vice, and my mantra is that ev­ery cor­ner of NSW needs their share... and hon­estly it’s a ser­vice I think you are jus­ti­fied in ask­ing for,” he said.

“It’s a sig­nif­i­cant pe­ti­tion of 10,000 sig­na­tures... well done to every­body, and when you get this am­bu­lance sta­tion com­mit­ment, not only will it be a com­mit­ment but we’ll get on and build it and de­liver it and make sure you get what you de­serve.”

The meet­ing came af­ter Mem­ber for Clarence Chris Gu­lap­tis in­vited Mr Bar­i­laro to hear from the com­mu­nity fol­low­ing the ad­vo­cacy of the Iluka Am­bu­lance Ac­tion Group, headed by John and Ann McLean.

“John (Bar­i­laro) is a man of his word. When he makes a prom­ise you can be guar­an­teed he will keep it, as was shown ear­lier this year with the plight of the un­paid Pa­cific High­way sub­bies,” Mr Gu­lap­tis said.

Photo: Adam Houri­gan

HE’LL BE BACK: Deputy Premier John Bar­i­laro and Mem­ber for Clarence Chris Gu­lap­tis join with Iluka Am­bu­lance Ac­tion Group co­or­di­na­tors John and Ann McLean and a huge turnout of the Iluka com­mu­nity at a meet­ing to cam­paign for an am­bu­lance sta­tion in the town.

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