Upgrade delights Wickham ambos
■ 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.
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.