WATCH: New ambulance station to be built in Hervey Bay
UPDATE (1PM): WITH Hervey Bay's current ambulance station at capacity, Russell Cooke from the Wide Bay Local Ambulance Service fears local paramedics will not be able to meet the region's demand.
But the announcement of a brand new station for the city by the State Government has eased his fears, with the new station expected to take on extra staff and vehicles by completion.
The new $3.5 million state-of-the-art facility, announced earlier today by Maryborough MP Bruce Saunders and health and ambulance services minister Cameron Dick, will be constructed on the corner of Maryborough Hervey Bay Rd in Urraween.
Construction of the building is expected to be completed by mid-2019, with tenders opening early 2018.
Mr Dick said the government would work with the ambulance commissioner about new vehicles and staff for the facility.
"It may be that we shift some staff from the current station to this new one, to give them more space," he said.
What we see in places like the Fraser Coast is a growing population...there's been a strong growth profile, particularly in Hervey Bay over a number of years.
"We want to make sure we can keep ahead of demand by building new facilities."
The site's location on the major road between Maryborough and Hervey Bay will allow ambulance officers to transport patients between the two cities in emergencies.
Mr Cooke said the new ambulance station would take pressure off the current facility in Scarness, which was already getting cramped.
"At the moment, the current facility has run out of room to expand. And Hervey Bay has continually grown and grown," Mr Cooke said.
"There's just no way of putting more staff in there.
"This new station gives us a foothold for future growth and the ability to respond to other areas in a faster timeframe."
Mr Saunders said the new station would cater for the future needs of the seaside Maryborough electorate.
"This is very important, crucial because the population in the electorates are ageing," Mr Saunders.
"These facilities are always state of the art; the Palaszczuk government believes in delivering top quality services for frontline troops.
"This facility will be the best facility that money can buy and will adequately cover the growth in this area."
EARLIER (10.30AM): THE State Government has announced the construction of a new $3.5 million ambulance station for the Fraser Coast to accommodate the increasing demand for emergency services.
Minister for health and ambulance services Cameron Dick will be in the region announcing the new facility with Maryborough MP Bruce Saunders later today.
The new station will suppor existing services delivered in the region from Hervey Bay and Maryborough.
More to come.