AMBULANCE Victoria is considering moving its Port Fairy base from the Princes Highway to the redevelopment of the town’s hospital.
Blueprints drawn up for the $4.5 million facelift include space for a new station on the corner of College and Regent streets.
“Ambulance Victoria and Moyne Health Services have recently had preliminary discussions about the possibility of co-locating on the hospital site,” regional manager Mick Cameron said.
“No formal offer has been made to Ambulance Victoria. Once this is provided we will have a closer look at the site to make sure that it is suitable.”
Moyne Health Services expect a decision from the state government next month on whether it will commit $3 million towards the project.
While adding that the existing station was still functional, Mr Cameron said “it is normal business practice for us to look for opportunities to co-locate with health services”.
Moyne Health chief executive David Lee said the hospital had recently done a mail-out of plans informing nearby residents of the intended works at the site.
He said the service was hoping to lodge an amendment to the planning scheme application to the Moyne Shire Council in the next week.
“November is when we expect to hear from the state government,” Mr Lee said.
He said there was “scope within the proposal” to include the Port Fairy ambulance service.
The master plan includes new dental services, new allied health and consulting rooms, administration areas and a gymnasium.