Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has today officially turned the first sod on the construction of the first NSW Ambulance Station in Berry.

Mr Ward said that this represents a significant milestone in delivering on his election commitment to build a new ambulance station at Berry.

“Actions speak louder than words and today’s sod turn event marked the beginning of works on the station which is scheduled for construction completion in 2018, followed by a carefully managed fit-out and operational commissioning phase before paramedics transition into the new facility.

“I am delighted that the new Berry Station will enable local NSW Ambulance paramedics to better meet the current and future demand for emergency medical care in the northern Shoalhaven.

“This has been a big year for Berry. From large projects like the Berry Bypass to smaller ones like this Ambulance Station – no matter the project or the issue, I love fighting for better services and more resources for our community.

“I take this opportunity to thank all those who signed our community petition calling for this new station. I would particularly like to thank Margo Johnstone who spent so many hours collecting signatures.

“I can also confirm that that this station will see six new ambulance officer positions allocated to this station.

“Once completed, the Berry NSW Ambulance station will include:

o Parking bays for up to three ambulance vehicles to ensure our infrastructure is ready to meet projected patient demand increases over the next decade and beyond;
o Administration and office areas;
o Amenities;
o Logistics and storage areas;
o Relief accommodation;
o External vehicle wash bay;
o On site staff parking; and
o Deliveries and loading bay.

“Designed with input from local paramedics, the new Berry Station will enhance our ability to deliver high quality mobile emergency medical care to patients in Berry and surrounds.

“When I say I will do something for our community – I get it done. I will always work hard to ensure our community is never forgotten by Government,” Mr Ward concluded.