Port Fairy’s ever-changing face of healthcare will continue with the construction of the new ambulance station scheduled to begin next year.
The purpose-built state of-the-art branch will be co-located at Moyne Health Services and is part of the hospital’s masterplan.
Ambulance Victoria Barwon South West regional director Simon Thomson said they were currently preparing a tender for construction which would go out early next year.
“We expect that building works will commence within months of the builder being appointed,” he said.
He said the branch would feature three ambulance bays and dedicated training, rest and kitchen facilities.
“We are pleased Port Fairy will get a new state-of-the-art ambulance branch. We know our Port Fairy paramedics, Ambulance Community Officers and the local community are excited about the new branch.”
The modern station will replace the town’s current Princes Highway base which was built in the 1970s and will deliver better connected care between doctors, nurses and paramedics.
Health and Ambulance Services minister Jill Hennessy visited the station in May last year to announce funding for the hospital’s new urgent care centre and ambulance station as part of the $200 million Regional Health Infrastructure Fund.
It was a positive end to a five year community campaign which called for a new branch after members outgrew the current station.
She said the Port Fairy ambulance branch was past its use by date and the government was upgrading the branch “to give our hardworking paramedics the modern facilities they need and deserve”.