Today in Parliament I asked the Health Minister, Jeremy Rockliff, why the Liberal Government had not kept its 2018 election promise to build an Ambulance Super Station in Glenorchy. There has been another election since then and still no movement on this pledge.
I was pleased to hear the Minister assure Parliament that the station would be built during this current term. However, it’s disappointing that it took pressure from me to gain this commitment and I will be keeping a close eye on the Minister to make sure the Government keeps its promise this time.
In his answer, the Minister gave a few details on progress to-date, and I must admit to being underwhelmed. It appears only preliminary design work has been done and, alarmingly, a site still has to be found.
I do appreciate Mr Rockliff’s commitment and accept that he is new to the portfolio with some loose ends to clear up. But, given that this project has scarcely advanced off the drawing board in three years, I will be watching to see the northern suburbs of Hobart receive the health services it desperately needs.