Pushing for Nagambie CERT-ainty
26 February 2015
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of the Nationals Steph Ryan has called on the Andrews Labor Government to address the urgent need for a permanent ambulance presence in Nagambie.
During Parliament last week Ms Ryan urged the Government to meet with the Nagambie Ambulance Service Community Alliance to discuss the issue.
Ms Ryan said the increasing urgency of the town’s situation was highlighted earlier in the year when a boat exploded at Nagambie injuring seven people, including six children, the youngest of whom was a four year old boy.
“Nagambie is a growing community and over five months of the year the town’s population swells dramatically,” Ms Ryan said.
“Since 2004 the town has been serviced by a dedicated community emergency response team – an interim measure designed to precede a dedicated ambulance service.
“Many community members have told of how they owe their lives to the amazing efforts of those volunteers however, despite a concerted effort, the number of volunteers has dwindled from 30 to 11.”
Ms Ryan said that prior to the election late last year the then Shadow Minister for Regional and Rural Development indicated that Labor would watch any announcement by the Coalition with interest.
“While Labor might have been interested and may have made promises to fix the so called ambulance crisis, it has not cared enough to fix the crises in Nagambie.”
Ms Ryan said the Coalition had committed to locating two paramedics in Nagambie as well as an ambulance community officer however no such commitment had been forthcoming from Labor.
“It is incredibly disappointing that a government who claims health as a number one priority so blatantly ignores this critical need in Nagambie.
“I will continue to push for the Andrews Labor Government to address the situation,” Ms Ryan said.