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Ardlethan community concerned ambulance services under threat

ARDLETHAN’S Garnet Hawkins relies on the ambulance service located close to his home.
Nanjing Night Net

He has used the service five times in the past 12 months.

Ever since he heard the service was potentially being taken from the area he has felt anxious.

Mr Hawkins, 66, suffering from chronic lung disease and in remission from esophageal cancer, is one of many concerned residents.

Former Ardlethan resident Robin Brown has kickstarted a petition on Change.org in an attempt to ensure these services are not stripped from the 400-strong farming community.

“We are very concerned,” Mr Brown said.

“I am acutely aware of the dangerous nature of the work, I am also acutely aware of the population makeup.

“We have a very old population that is heavily dependant on the ambulance service.”

Mr Brown was also unhappy that the community consultation period fell during harvest and the Christmas period.

Mr Hawkins said the lack of services in the town, which has been without a doctor since the mid 1990s constantly concerned him.

“If I get crook, there is no one I can rely on, period, except the ambulance.”

Without the service he would be driven to despair.

Coolamon’s mayor, Councillor John Seymour, shared the community’s concern.

“We won’t accept it,” he said.

“It is necessary to retain the system that we’ve got.”

Cr Seymour noted Ardlethan’s location on a major highway as a key reason to keep the service.

“We will fight to death and nail, if the proposal (to cut the service) goes ahead, to help the cause.”

In a media statement, deputy director of Ambulance NSW operations southern sector Brian White said no decision had been made on what services would be provided.

“At this time, no decision has been made about what types of NSW Ambulance services will be provided at Coolamon or Ardlethan townships into the future.

“The process for determining the future model of service delivery is ongoing.

“At the time of consultation, details of online and postal feedback options will be provided to council and community groups involved.”

Minister for health Jillian Skinner’s office would not comment on the situation, referring this paper to Ambulance media.

At the time of publication Health Service Union ambulance division was not able to provide a comment.

The community meeting to discuss the issue will be at the Ardlethan Memorial Hall on Wednesday, December 10 at 2pm.

The petition ‘Let Ardlethan Keep its Ambulance service’ can be viewed at www.change.org.

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