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Ambo station move in limbo

Relocating the Tumut ambulance station to the site of the new hospital isn’t currently included in the scope of the $50m hospital redevelopment project.

The ambulance station is sited in Fitzroy Street and relocating paramedics out of the ageing facility has been on the drawing board for some time.

When premier Gladys Berejiklian visited Tumut last September to announce the new hospital redevelopment, she said that relocating the ambulance station would be considered as part of the project.

But a masterplan presented to the public two weeks ago did not include the station in the list of facilities to be built.

The masterplan included the following statement: “The relocation of the Tumut ambulance station to the hospital campus is not part of the redevelopment scope.

“However, as part of the master planning process, adequate space has been identified on the hospital site for a future ambulance station.”

Snowy Valleys Council wants to convert the area around the existing ambulance station into a sporting precinct as part of a plan to build a new indoor multi-purpose stadium, and so is keen to see the building shifted to the hospital grounds.

Snowy Valleys mayor James Hayes said the council was involved in ongoing discussions with NSW Health about the ambulance station relocation.

“We’re pushing very hard for the colocation, but at this stage its not included in the $50m that’s been allocated to the project,” Cr Hayes said.

“It’s an issue we’re hammering away at.”

Cr Hayes said he’s looking forward to seeing a 21st century hospital emerge from the rubble of the existing century-plus old building.

Construction of the new hospital is due to start towards the end of this year.