The new Maffra ambulance station will not be built on VicTrack land adjacent to the Gippsland Vehicle Collection Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said today.
Mr Ryan said after meeting with Gippsland Vehicle Collection members, Ambulance Victoria would not progress the VicTrack land as the location of the new Maffra ambulance station.
“Ambulance Victoria has resumed its site search and is reviewing a Wellington Shire-owned site at the rear of the existing Maffra ambulance station that was initially excluded due to site pollution issues,” Mr Ryan said.
“Wellington Shire Council will remediate the site and planning and design works for the new station will begin next month.”
Mr Ryan said the Maffra community could look forward to a new ambulance station by June 2014.
“Consultation between the two parties has resulted in the best outcome for members of the Gippsland Vehicle Collection and local paramedics,” Mr Ryan said.
Member for Gippsland East Tim Bull said he was also pleased negotiations between Ambulance Victoria and Gippsland Vehicle Collection had resulted in a positive outcome for the community.
"The Gippsland Vehicle Collection is a wonderful community asset which benefits from a strong visual presence,” Mr Bull said.
"I thank Ambulance Victoria management for listening to community concerns and agreeing not to proceed with building in front of Gippsland Vehicle Collection museum.
“I look forward to the new Maffra ambulance facility proceeding at the alternate location.”