Walsh delivers ambo petition to parliament
ROCHESTER’S plea for more paramedics was recently brought before state parliament.
Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh tabled the petition — which had more than 1700 signatures — on Tuesday.
It called for the State Government to ‘‘take immediate steps in consultation with the community to review the level of ambulance service in Rochester’’.
‘‘We’ve since received more petitions,’’ Mr Walsh said.
‘‘The number of people who have signed sends a very strong message to the Andrews government and Ambulance Victoria.’’
The petition comes after Ambulance Victoria recently scrapped a trial roster of two-officer crews in Rochester, leaving the two remaining fulltime paramedics to work alone or with volunteer Ambulance Community Officers (ACO).
Locals, who were left in the dark after the trial roster was cut without explanation, simply want to know what the results of the trial were so they can make informed decisions moving forward.
‘‘The people of Rochester are unhappy with how the service has been changed,’’ Mr Walsh said.
‘‘And Ambulance Victoria should release the report so people have a clear understanding of what is going on.’’