Up­grade de­lights Wick­ham am­bos

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Tom Zaun­mayr

■ The St John Am­bu­lance Wick­ham sub-cen­tre has re­opened af­ter a un­der­go­ing a ma­jor ren­o­va­tion.

Guests turned up last week to peek at the re­vamped fa­cil­ity, which fea­tures new car­pets, au­dio-vis­ual equip­ment, a re­con­fig­ured in­side and a new lick of paint on the out­side.

Com­mu­nity para­medic Paul Wil­lett said the up­grades, in­clud­ing the im­proved dis­abled fa­cil­i­ties, had been much needed.

“It’s a very wel­com­ing place now, which will hope­fully be utilised for meet­ings and other things as well,” he said.

“Our prospec­tive for 2016 is to start de­vel­op­ing the busi­ness model and first-aid train­ing out here, and to do kit serv­ings so peo­ple can get that done lo­cally.”

St John Am­bu­lance ser­vices di­rec­tor Ian Lan­gridge said in­vest­ment in emer­gency ser­vices was highly val­ued by the com­mu­nity.

“The ser­vices up here are es­sen­tial and we want to pro­vide the best pos­si­ble care in the best pos­si­ble fa­cil­i­ties,” he said.

“It is mostly about pro­vid­ing a place for our vol­un­teers and com­mu­nity to come where they can feel re­laxed.

“If the peo­ple enjoy the fa­cil­i­ties they are based in, they will enjoy serv­ing.”

Mr Lan­gridge said the new Kar­ratha sub-cen­tre would be moved into within weeks, and an of­fi­cial open­ing would be held early next year.

The $400,000 Wick­ham re­fur­bish­ment was done by lo­cal build­ing com­pany Timik, with $150,000 from Lot­tery­west.

Mr Wil­lett said train­ing was held on Wed­nes­day nights and new vol­un­teers were wel­come to at­tend.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

St John com­mu­nity para­medic Paul Wil­lett and chair­woman Michelle Schut, front, with Lynne Pre­ston-Dale, Lou Munns, Elaine Wal­sham, Mel Beros, Glen Saunders and Hans Schut.

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