Morayfield will be one of six locations across Queensland to benefit from a $31 million investment in new and replacement ambulance stations under a re‑elected Palaszczuk Labor Government.
Labor will deliver a brand new $4 million ambulance station in Morayfield that will provide better access to pre-hospital health care for locals.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles said the $31 million investment will increase access to emergency health care and ensure our paramedics have world-class amenities, and will also boost local jobs and businesses by supporting 86 FTE construction jobs.
“We know the Moreton Bay region is becoming more and more popular for families with the Caboolture and Morayfield areas, in particular, seeing strong population growth,” Mr Miles said.
“This year has proven just how vital our health workers are, and along with our record ambulance budget and additional staff, this new station is proof of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to keeping Queenslanders healthy, no matter where they live.
“It’s also part of Labor’s Economic Recovery Plan, which includes $889 million of new health infrastructure commitments as part of our $3.8 billion health infrastructure program over the next four years.”
Labor Member for Morayfield Mark Ryan said this $4 million investment will mean greater access to emergency health care for the local community.
“Officers at existing surrounding stations at Caboolture, Narangba and Ningi do a fantastic job servicing the local communities and that high standard of care will be reinforced when the new station becomes operational,” Mr Ryan said.
“We’re planning for Morayfield to be a 24-hour station, staffed by 17 paramedics and an Officer-in-Charge.
“The new station will support coverage in the Metro North Local Ambulance Service Network (LASN) and contribute to improving response times across the region.
“Once the station is complete, it will mean more paramedics and ambulances on the road, ready to help their fellow Queenslanders.
“No one wants to ever need to call paramedics, but if they do, our local paramedics are committed to delivering the best care for people should they need it.”
Mr Ryan said the new station would further support future operational demand in the region.
“Our entire region will benefit from the paramedic response once the new station is operational,” Mr Ryan said.
“The project will also support 11 local construction jobs – directly contributing to our local economy and supporting other businesses and jobs as we recover from the impact of COVID-19.”
The future station will be located on Morayfield Road with good access to major arterial roads and the site will allow for future expansion.
The Deputy Premier said the $4 million was in addition to all the work already occurring in Metro North.
“Since 2015 we’ve hired 417 more doctors, 1,227 more nurses and midwives, 443 more health professionals and 105 more paramedics in Metro North,” Mr Miles said.
“We have rebuilt the health services and frontline staff after the LNP cut them.
“When the LNP were last in Government and Deb Frecklington was Assistant Treasurer, they sacked 1,432 staff from hospitals across the Metro North HHS, including 731 nurses.
“Queenslanders can’t risk an LNP Government.
“Only the Palaszczuk Government will continue to deliver world-class healthcare in Metro North.”