Byron ambulance station relocation plan
THE Byron Bay ambulance station could be moved from the town centre out to Ewingsdale under plans being discussed with Byron Shire Council.
The Ambulance Service of NSW yesterday confirmed planning studies had begun for a move from the current location in Jonson Street, where the station has been for more than half a century.
“A range of site options will be under consideration,” an ambulance spokesman said.
“The primary concern will be choosing a site with the best response times to service the Byron Bay community.”
The Northern Star understands preliminary discussions have begun with Byron Shire Council on the station’s relocation to Ewingsdale, in line with long-standing plans to ultimately move the town’s hospital there as well.
The Ambulance Service said any impact on ambulance response times to the town centre or Suffolk Park – given the heavy traffic on the Ewingsdale Road approach – would be considered before a final decision was made.
“This is one of the many issues that the planning study will examine and take into account in the final recommendations,” the spokesman said.
Wherever it goes, the station will get a facelift.
“The new facility will also include a range of building sustainability concepts, including rainwater harvesting, solar water heating, energy management, and a design that factors in heat loads taking into account the local environment,” he said. The Health Services’ Union, which represents paramedics, welcomed the commitment to a new facility.
“We want to commend the State Government for the funding of this project,” the union’s North Coast organiser, Ken McIntosh, said.
“It’s been a long time in the process. Negotiations and discussions have now commenced with the Ambulance Service and local council as to a suitable position for the new ambulance station at Byron Bay.
“The obvious location for this is a proposed site at Ewingsdale, which then would complement any future proposals for the hospital.”
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