A BUILDING contractor has finally been appointed to begin construction of Echuca’s new ambulance station.
Ambulance Victoria Loddon Mallee acting regional director Graeme Parker said that the Macneil Group had already started work on the site after the old station, on the corner of Ogilvie Ave and High St, was demolished earlier this year.
Echuca paramedics moved into the old police station in Dickson St on January 16 and will be based there during construction.
‘‘It is anticipated that the branch will be operational in early 2018,’’ Mr Parker said.
Back in August 2015 the Victorian Government announced that Echuca’s ageing station would be one of six across the state to be rebuilt as part of a $20 million investment.
It comes after years of lobbying from local paramedics who said the old Ogilvie St station lacked basic functionality and was in desperate need of repairs.
The station will be replaced with state-of-the-art features including spacious garages for vehicles, as well as lounge areas, a kitchen, large purpose-built training room and designated study area.
It will also have the capacity for extra vehicles and paramedics to respond to major events.