Adelaide Hills

Construction begins on new $9M Mount Barker ambulance station

Major milestone has been reached for new $9 Mount Barker ambulance station set to be complete by mid-2025.

Construction has commenced on the site of the enhanced Mount Barker ambulance station, marking a significant milestone in bolstering emergency healthcare accessibility for the burgeoning Adelaide Hills community.

“The Adelaide Hills community needs more ambos on the road to service a growing population,” Minister for Health & Wellbeing, Chris Picton, says.

“Breaking ground on the site of this new station is an exciting step in the right direction.

“While in the short-term, the addition of a dedicated Regional Medical Transfer Service crew means Hills residents have access to care when they need it.”

With a budget of $9.1 million, Hindmarsh Construction has undertaken the task of erecting a larger, purpose-built ambulance station, slated for completion and activation by mid-2025.

Positioned at the intersection of Bald Hills and Springs Roads, the new facility will accommodate six ambulances—a threefold increase from the current Mann Street location—and two light fleet vehicles, supplemented by additional parking under a carport structure.

Construction operations, set to commence this week, will see over 15 workers daily onsite, culminating in a concrete pour scheduled for June.

The existing Mann Street station, nearing its operational lifespan, lacks the capacity for expansion due to spatial constraints, leading to severe parking limitations.

Where as the forthcoming site at Bald Hills and Springs Roads will have 31 dedicated staff parking spaces alongside a capacious training room capable of accommodating 40 individuals.

In tandem with existing stations in Strathalbyn, Meadows, Woodside, and Stirling/Aldgate, the new Mount Barker station aims to enhance ambulance accessibility across the Adelaide Hills region.

Mount Barker is the first of four earmarked for reconstruction including Gawler, Victor Harbor, and Campbelltown scheduled for subsequent phases later this year.

Simultaneously, construction has initiated on the redevelopment of four additional stations at Norwood, Edwardstown, Woodville, and Golden Grove.

The reconstituted Mount Barker station will retain its current complement of paramedics, including the 12 personnel enlisted last March to alleviate ambulance pressures.

Furthermore, the station will serve as headquarters for a six-person Regional Medical Transfer Service (RMTS) crew, servicing Mount Barker and environs, which commenced operations last month, responding to over 100 calls within its inaugural month.

During the construction phase, new crews will operate from both the existing Mount Barker and Strathalbyn stations.

The Mount Barker ambulance station’s early works coincide with ongoing design efforts for the $320.8 million Mount Barker Hospital Development, slated to triple the existing hospital’s capacity to 102 in-patient beds, inclusive of specialist maternity, paediatric, rehabilitation, medical, surgical, and palliative care units, alongside a 12-bed mental health facility.

The ambitious hospital project is earmarked for completion by the close of 2027.

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