Lawnton ambulance station build starts

Published 1:00pm 12 September 2023

Lawnton ambulance station build starts
Words by Kylie Knight

Work has started on a new $7.8 million ambulance station at Lawnton.

Health Minister Shannon Fentiman and Pine Rivers MP Nikki Boyd inspected the site on Saturday to view the progress.

The station will provide additional care to the growing community while also helping improve response times and health outcomes.

Hutchinson Builders were awarded the tender in March 2023 and have commenced construction.

The station will include an office, write-up space, charge area, amenities, breakout and locker rooms, multi-function rest/study/training rooms, and a patient care storeroom.

In addition, a 10-bay ambulance vehicle plant room with storage area and two-bay undercover parking for non-acute QAS vehicles will also be built at the site.

Construction of the station is expected to be finished by April 2024, pending ‘weather and other factors’.

Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) Metro North Region Assistant Commissioner Tony Armstrong says: “The new Lawnton Ambulance Station will be staffed by an officer-in-charge, 16 paramedics, and four patient transport officers who will deliver a 24/7 ambulance service to the area once construction is complete.

“The Metro North Region is one of the busiest regions of the QAS in the state, and I look forward to welcoming the new Lawnton Ambulance Station once operational mid next year.”

Health Minister Shannon Fentiman says: “This brand new, purpose-built, state-of-the-art facility will deliver a modern functional and fit-for-purpose ambulance station that will deliver emergency health care now and into the future”.

State Member for Pine Rivers Nikki Boyd says there are five ambulance stations that service the Lawnton and surrounds community within the Metro North Region.

“This new ambulance station will provide even greater access to emergency ambulatory care for those living in this community,” she says.

“Our frontline health heroes do a tremendous job providing free, world-class emergency health care to their community, which is why supporting them with state-of-the-art infrastructure is so important.”

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