[singlepic id=167 w=320 h=240 float=left]Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt today said the recent call for tenders on the new $2 million Gordonvale Ambulance Station showed works on the project were developing well.

Mr Pitt said the station was hoped to be up and running by mid 2011 and would provide community safety in the region with a welcome shot in the arm.

“The call for tenders is another development in the construction of this important community project,” Mr Pitt said.

“The new station will replace the current Gordonvale station which was opened in 1946 and despite extensive upgrades and alterations no longer meets the needs of a modern ambulance service.

“With increasing demand from the community, the decision was made to replace the existing station and provide the QAS with a world-class facility to achieve the long term service delivery requirements in the area.

“The new station will be relocated to the hospital site at Highleigh Road in line with a recent QAS audit which advises co-location of health facilities where possible.

“When completed, the new station will accommodate a 24 hour roster of 13 staff, with facilities including office accommodation, two rest/study rooms, a five bay plant room, and associated staff amenities.

“Local residents can rest assured that the Cliff Trembath Memorial Training Room, which plays a valuable role within our community, will form part of the new centre.

“The project is also expected to sustain the equivalent of 13 jobs during the construction phase.”

Mr Pitt said the Queensland Government was serious about working to ensure Queenslanders had the best possible access to emergency services.

“The Government’s funding of this important project is further evidence of our commitment to providing first-class emergency services across Queensland.

“In this year’s State Budget we also committed funding for an additional 75 ambulance officers in 2010-11, bringing the total of extra frontline officers provided to Queensland communities since 2007 to 630.

“As a part of nearly $1.7 billion in the Department of Community Safety Budget, we’ve also provided funding for 20 new, replacement or refurbished ambulance stations all over the state, as well as 165 new or replacement ambulance vehicles.

“The Queensland Government remains committed to working proactively with our emergency services providers to ensure Queenslanders can remain safe and secure.”

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