An artist's impression of the new Sawtell Ambulance Station.
An artist's impression of the new Sawtell Ambulance Station.

New ambulance station for Coffs

Construction has begun on the new Sawtell Ambulance Station, being delivered under the NSW Government's $122m Rural Ambulance Infrastructure Reconfiguration (RAIR) program.

Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said this is a significant milestone in the government's commitment to build a new ambulance station in the Coffs Harbour electorate.

"The NSW Government is investing in purpose-built and modern NSW Ambulance stations to support the clinical capability of our highly trained paramedics," Mr Singh said.

"Our new station on Sawtell Rd will support the existing Coffs Harbour station and enable local NSW Ambulance paramedics to better meet the current and future demand for emergency medical care in the Coffs Harbour-Sawtell district.

"Designed with input from local paramedics, the purpose-built Sawtell NSW Ambulance Station will deliver a better working environment for paramedics tailored to the needs of the local community."

The completed station will include:

•Internal parking for up to six emergency ambulance vehicles

•Administration and office areas

•Staff amenities

•Multipurpose meeting training room

•Logistics and storage areas

•Relief accommodation

•Deliveries and loading bay

•External wash bay

•Staff parking

•Sector office - locating local management under one roof

"This is the first two-storey build and first sector office to be delivered as part of the rural ambulance program," Mr Singh said.

Main works on the new station are scheduled for completion in mid-2021, followed by a fitout and operational commissioning phase prior to the start of operations.