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A PHOTO montage now hanging in the
foyer of the Leongatha Memorial Hall
features photos relating to the battle of
Long Tan during the Vietnam War.
The commemorative montage was bought by
South Gippsland Shire Councillor Nigel Hutchin-
son-Brooks earlier this year and he donated it to
the South Gippsland community at a commemo-
rative evening held to mark the Battle of Long
Tan, and honour all Vietnam veterans and their
families and friends on August 18 this year – the
anniversary of the battle.
Leongatha RSL approved the hanging of the
montage in the foyer of the Leongatha Memorial
Hall to accompany the existing historical photos
from World War Two.
A plaque on the montage states, “Presented
to the people of South Gippsland by Cr Nigel
Hutchinson-Brooks (Capt. Royal Engineers
Ret’d) on the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of
Long Tan 18 August 2016”.
Remembering them: from left, South Gippsland Shire Councillor Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks
presents a framed montage of photos of the Vietnam War to Leongatha RSL Sub-branch
president Steve Wisdom.
By Stuart Biggins
TRIPLE zero calls in Bass Coast Shire
will see an ambulance arrive five min-
utes earlier than ambulances in South
Ambulance Victoria has just released its re-
sponse times for the past financial year and the data
shows disparity between the two shires, with Bass
Coast having significantly better response times.
In Bass Coast Shire, under 15 minute response
times were achieved on 64.5 percent of first re-
In South Gippsland Shire, 15 minute response
times were achieved on only 42.1 percent of first
The average waiting time in Bass Coast – mea-
sured from receipt of the 000 call until the para-
medics arrive – was 14.34 minutes while in South
Gippsland it was 19.38 minutes.
Those times were for Code 1 incidents which
require lights and sirens.
Code 2 response times – those not requiring
lights or sirens – show Bass Coast with an average
response time of 29.37 minutes and South Gippsland
A spokesperson for Ambulance Victoria said
response times were influenced by factors includ-
ing traffic, road and weather conditions, distance
required to travel, availability of ambulances and
demand for services.
Each call is assessed on clinical need and an am-
bulance is always prioritised to respond to the sick-
est patients first, especially those with life-threaten-
Ambulance Victoria CEO Tony Walker said,
“Our performance is improving year on year. Code
one response times have improved state wide for the
last three years. We responded to 75.2 percent of
code one patients across the state within 15 minutes
in 2015-16, an improvement of almost one per cent
on the previous financial year.
“We have improved our code one response in 70
of the 80 local government areas in the last three
years and this shows our approach is making a dif-
ference, despite our increasing workload.
“We have seen a 5.7 percent increase in triple
zero calls and 3.8 percent growth in emergency in-
Mr Walker said code one response times to cases
in South Gippsland had improved over the past 12
“In South Gippsland we attended 42.1 percent of
code one cases under 15 minutes with an average re-
sponse time of 19:38 minutes in 2015-16, compared
to 40.8 per cent and 20:07 in 2014-15,” he said.
He also conceded that more can be done and said
equity of ambulance care for all Victorians remains
an aspiration for Ambulance Victoria.
Mr Walker acknowledged the Leongatha Ambu-
lance Station would require replacement in coming
years but was unable to provide a timetable.
Ambulance response time varies between shires
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