Today I had the opportunity to visit the new Caringbah NSW Ambulance Superstation site with the Minister for Health Brad Hazzard, Member for Miranda, Eleni Petinos, Member for Cronulla, Mark Speakman, and Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons.

The new Caringbah superstation is due to be completed by the end of this year and is another step in ensuring our community receives the best possible medical care when they need it the most.

We have all listened to our communities and worked together to ensure the entire Sutherland region receives the best possible medical care, both in an emergency with this new ambulance superstation and the $62.9million redevelopment of Sutherland Hospital.

Our community is growing, so it’s only fair that our emergency services are ready and equipped to deliver essential health care when it’s needed the most.

The Caringbah superstation will be the beating heart of our local Ambulance network.

Local paramedics will also benefit from the superstation with new and improved facilities and with a Make Ready Team working side by with the paramedics.

Our paramedics do an amazing job, often under very difficult circumstances, so it’s crucial that we support them. The Make Ready Team will clean and restock the ambulances so paramedics can focus on the job at hand.

Existing stations at Menai and Engadine will continue to operate 24/7 with local paramedics based at these stations.

This will ensure that no matter where you live in our community, the nearest paramedic will be allocated to every emergency call.

The Caringbah superstation is one of nine superstations being constructed under the NSW Government’s $150 million Sydney Ambulance Metropolitan Infrastructure Strategy program.