Mt Barker will receive another SA Ambulance crew if SA Best takes balance of power at the weekend election.
Candidate for Kavel Andrew Stratford says the area’s growing population and proximity to the South Eastern Freeway and farming communities, means the extra ambulance support is needed to help the existing two crews and one SPRINT unit who are expected to provide 24 hour a day service.
“The ambos at Mt Barker, Stirling and Woodside do a sensational job by working together to make sure those needing emergency treatment get it within a reasonable time-frame, and that their patients can then be whipped into the Royal Adelaide Hospital or Flinders Medical Centre,” he said.
“But as soon as one is headed that way, resources left behind are spread thinly, especially considering the risks associated with the South Eastern Freeway cutting through the hills and potentially dangerous equipment being used on farms.
“The most obvious solution is to base another crew at Mt Barker permanently so that it can also coordinate with the crews at Woodside and Stirling.”
Mr Stratford says he also supports Federal Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie’s call for a Service SA centre to be based in Mt Barker to help those who have to travel to the city or Murray Bridge for those services that can’t be done online.
“The Premier has been evasive about this, simply replying to Rebekha in writing a couple of weeks ago that a co-located service will be ‘explored,” he said.
“At the moment, lots of teenagers in the area have to rely on public transport to get to Adelaide or Murray Bridge for driving tests, and many elderly people and others who don’t use online services have to do the same when they have business to attend to.
“That’s not good enough. SA-BEST is 100 per cent committed to the delivery of an SA Service Centre in Mt Barker. We won’t accept no for an answer and this country cousin treatment of Mt Barker has to stop.”
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