St John centre gives group room to grow
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.
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.