St John cen­tre gives group room to grow

Pilbara News - - News - ■ Tom Zaun­mayr

St John Am­bu­lance’s new $4 mil­lion, two-storey Kar­ratha sub­cen­tre has of­fi­cially opened a year af­ter con­struc­tion be­gan.

The De Grey Place fa­cil­ity will in­cor­po­rate first aid train­ing, am­bu­lance and re­gional of­fices.

St John Am­bu­lance Kar­ratha sta­tion man­ager James Byles said the build­ing was a huge leap for­ward for op­er­a­tions and first aid train­ing.

“The build­ing is a fan­tas­tic upgrade from what we al­ready had, it cer­tainly al­lows us to grow and ex­pand,” he said.

“We’re al­ways look­ing for more vol­un­teers, so to have a build­ing in such a prom­i­nent space cer­tainly adds to that at­trac­tion.

“We man­aged to pro­vide a re­ally good am­bu­lance ser­vice out of our old build­ing, but this has cer­tainly taken us into the next cen­tury.”

Wood­side North West Shelf se­nior vice-pres­i­dent Niall Myles said the North West Shelf Pro­ject and Pluto LNG were pleased their in­vest­ment had de­liv­ered a much­needed ad­di­tion to com­mu­nity in­fra­struc­ture in Kar­ratha.

“The $2 mil­lion in­vest­ment in the new am­bu­lance sub-cen­tre con­tin­ues a strong part­ner­ship be­tween our or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing vol­un­teer­ing, first aid train­ing and the pro­vi­sion of emer­gency de­fib­ril­la­tors,” he said.

Mr Myles said Wood­side had a shared com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing the health and well­be­ing of peo­ple in Kar­ratha.

St John Am­bu­lance coun­try am­bu­lance gen­eral man­ager Ju­lian Smith said Kar­ratha’s growth had cre­ated a need for the fa­cil­i­ties.

“This larger, mod­ern fa­cil­ity will pro­vide us with the ideal stage to ex­pand and evolve our ser­vices for the Kar­ratha com­mu­nity,” he said.

In 2014-15, Kar­ratha paramedics and am­bu­lance vol­un­teers treated more than 1400 peo­ple and St John trained more than 1800 in first aid.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

St John chair­man Ger­ard King and chief ex­ec­u­tive Tony Ah­ern, Pil­bara MLA Bren­don Grylls, Wood­side’s Niall Myles and City of Kar­ratha Deputy Mayor John Lally.

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