THE average response time for an ambulance to Lake Cathie is 18 minutes.
That wait will soon be greatly improved after the announcement the Lake Cathie community is to get the first in a roll-out of new ambulance stations with NSW government funding of $10 million.
Minister for Health Brad Hazzard made the announcement on November 13, as a part of stage 2 of the Rural Ambulance Infrastructure Reconfiguration program.
Planning will now commence to determine location, with the site to be acquired and planning complete within six to 12 month, and the station to be operational in two to three years.
"This funding boost will help NSW Ambulance deliver the most contemporary, efficient new ambulance stations to support our paramedics ... in regional communities," Mr Hazzard said.
NSW Ambulance chief executive Dr Dominic Morgan said the extra boost to regional services was welcome.
"It means our committed paramedics will be better equipped and positioned to do what they do best, help the people of NSW with top quality care when they need it most," Dr Morgan said.
Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams said the new ambulance station will be a welcome addition to Lake Cathie which is a significant growth area, along with Bonny Hills, in the Port Macquarie-Hastings region.
Malcolm McDonald, vice president of the Lake Cathie Progress Association, said the investment is significant for the growing community.