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Ambulance officer allocation - Collinsville/Scottville region

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Jocelyn Cole
8209 Mt Douglas Road

Total Signatures - 458

Sponsoring Member: Mr Dale Last MP

Posting Date: 13/06/2018

Tabled Date: 13/06/2018

Responded By: Hon Dr Steven Miles MP on 13/07/2018

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

The petition of residents of the State of Queensland draws to the attention of the House the safety concerns of the community in relation to the current permanent ambulance officer allocation in the Collinsville/Scottville region.

The current allocation of two permanent ambulance officers does not adequately address the needs of the Collinsville community and poses significant safety issues for both current ambulance officers and the broader community. In recent months Collinsville has experienced an influx of workers associated with two large scale renewable energy projects and the ramping up of the coal mines in the area. In addition, several hundred workers are expected in town over the coming months to work on the construction of the Carmichael Mine Railway line. Due to its locality Collinsville ambulance officers are required to travel considerable distances to incidents and when a single officer is attending a critical incident they are relying, in most instances, on a member of the public to drive the ambulance vehicle to the hospital. On the occasions when local officers are required to transport patients to Bowen the community is left without an ambulance officer which is untenable. This is causing significant concern across the community.

Your petitioners therefore request the House to strongly consider that an additional permanent ambulance officer be stationed to service the Collinsville/Scottville area to address the needs of these communities.