Wedderburn needs action on Ambulance service not more talking

Member Ripon Louise Staley has called on the Andrews Government to cease wasting time through pointless talkfests and immediately fund an ambulance service for Wedderburn.

Member Ripon Louise Staley has called on the Andrews Government to cease wasting time through pointless talkfests and immediately fund an ambulance service for Wedderburn.

Ms Staley raised the issue in State Parliament last week calling on the Government to get on with the job and fund an ambulance service in Wedderburn.

“I understand that the Health Minister is sending her Parliamentary Secretary to Wedderburn next week. The Wedderburn community would be delighted if she came with a cheque to invest in an ambulance for Wedderburn”. Ms Staley told Parliament.

Wedderburn locals were last night left bitterly disappointed after attending a meeting hosted by Labor MP Mary-Anne Thomas, the Parliamentary Secretary for Health. There was an expectation at last night’s meeting of receiving a commitment from the State Government to fund an Ambulance station in town; unfortunately those hopes were quickly dashed with Ms Thomas making no such commitment.

Prior to the last election the former Liberal-Nationals State Government had promised $1.3 million to establish a fully staffed and fully equipped ambulance service in Wedderburn.

Labor has so far refused with to match that promise with Mary-Anne Thomas last night only promising to be fully consultative with the community in finding a solution.

Ms Staley said Wedderburn locals have waited long enough for an ambulance service, and the State Government needed to stop wasting money in Melbourne and immediately fund this crucial project.

“It is astounding that Labor can waste $640 million to not build a road in Melbourne and yet cannot find any money to fund this crucial ambulance service in Wedderburn”. Ms Staley said.

“The Wedderburn community has been campaigning for seven long years for an ambulance service, we can’t afford any more procrastination from Labor, Daniel Andrews must fund this project now”.

“The failure to fund this project further shows that Daniel Andrews just doesn’t get country Victoria, he simply doesn’t understand how important an ambulance service is to a small town like Wedderburn”.