Ryan doorknocks for Nagambie ambulance fight
08 September 2015
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of the Nationals Steph Ryan is going door to door in Nagambie today gathering signatures in support of the community’s call for an ambulance service for the town.
Ms Ryan is urging Nagambie residents to add their voice to the push.
She will be holding a second doorknocking day on Friday 25 September.
“I invite residents to join me to gather as many signatures as we can to demonstrate the broad community support for this issue,” Ms Ryan said.
“People can give an hour doorknocking their street, or join me for the whole afternoon.”
Ms Ryan said despite the town’s growing population, its prominence as a tourist destination and the large number of events it hosts annually, the Andrews Labor government had failed to recognise the need for a permanent ambulance presence in the town.
“Before the election, the Coalition announced funding for two full time paramedics and an ambulance community officer for the Nagambie community,” Ms Ryan said.
“Labor has refused to match this promise, putting us back at square one.
“Despite this set back we will keep fighting for as long as it takes to see a permanent ambulance presence established at Nagambie.”
Ms Ryan said the town has been serviced by a dedicated community emergency response team of volunteers who have done an outstanding job, however this interim measure had been designed to precede a dedicated ambulance service.
“I have highlighted the dire need for an ambulance on many occasions since I was elected – in the media, in Parliament and directly to the Minister, but it is important that the voice of the community is also heard.
“I urge residents to add their voices to the fight and make it clear to the Labor Government that Nagambie needs an ambulance and we won’t go away until we get one.”
To add your voice, visit www.stephryan.com.au. If you are interested in joining the fight, please call 03 5762 2100.