Ryan lobbies Health Minister on Nagambie ambulance
20 April 2015
The case for a permanent ambulance presence in Nagambie will be re-opened following a meeting between the Health Minister Jill Hennessy and the Member for Euroa Steph Ryan.
Ms Ryan, who is Deputy Leader of The Nationals, sought the meeting to push the community’s case for an ambulance.
“As a result of the meeting, Minister Hennessy has agreed to have Ambulance Victoria re-examine the data for Nagambie to ensure all relevant factors have been considered, Ms Ryan said.
“It is important that Ambulance Victoria considers not just response times, but also the town’s forecast population growth, its holiday population and the large number of events it hosts.
“The Minister was not willing to meet with the community about the issue but she gave an undertaking that the Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Mary-Anne Thomas would meet with the Nagambie Ambulance Service Community Alliance next month.”
Ms Ryan said that while the Minister’s willingness to revisit the statistics was encouraging, she certainly gave no commitment that Labor would match the Coalition’s promise to base two full time paramedics and an ambulance community officer in Nagambie.
“While the town has been serviced by a dedicated community emergency response team of volunteers who have done an outstanding job, the number of volunteers has dwindled from 30 to 11 and this interim measure was designed to precede a dedicated ambulance service,” Ms Ryan said.