Wheat­stone to fund sub cen­tre

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

St John Am­bu­lance has wel­comed news of fund­ing for a new sub cen­tre to re­place the age­ing fa­cil­ity in Onslow.

State Development Min­is­ter Bill Marmion this month an­nounced a $2 mil­lion cen­tre would be built, funded by the Wheat­stone LNG project.

St John North West re­gional man­ager An­drew Graf­fen said the 27-year-old premises cur­rently in use had a range of prob­lems, in­clud­ing in­ad­e­quate first-aid sup­ply stor­age, po­ten­tial flood­ing and poor train­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

“The sub cen­tre has seen an in­crease in jobs over re­cent years with num­bers of jobs at­tended dou­bling since 2011,” he said.

“This in­crease is pri­mar­ily at­trib­uted to an in­crease in pa­tient trans­fers with th­ese com­pris­ing 10 per cent of all jobs in 2011 and now ac­count­ing for 60 per cent of jobs in 2016.

“This new fa­cil­ity will aid in the at­trac­tion and re­ten­tion of vol­un­teer am­bu­lance of­fi­cers, will im­prove re­sponse times through au­to­mated and fit­for-pur­pose de­sign, and will cater for the in­creased de­mand for firstaid ser­vices and train­ing within the com­mu­nity.”

Mr Graf­fen said there were 13 vol­un­teers on the ros­ter in Onslow, as well as a com­mu­nity paramedic.

Health Min­is­ter John Day said the new sub cen­tre was ex­pected to be op­er­a­tional in 2018.

“Sub cen­tres man­age operations on be­half of St John Am­bu­lance West­ern Aus­tralia at fully-run vol­un­teer lo­ca­tions and play a cru­cial role in re­gional emer­gency re­sponse,” he said.

“This new fa­cil­ity will be modern, ac­ces­si­ble in all weather con­di­tions, and ide­ally lo­cated in close prox­im­ity to the new Onslow hos­pi­tal, which is a great out­come for St John vol­un­teers, staff and the broader Onslow com­mu­nity.”

The Wheat­stone project has also pro­vided $22 mil­lion to­wards the con­struc­tion of a new hos­pi­tal in Onslow, with the Lib­eral Na­tional Gov­ern­ment con­tribut­ing $19.8 mil­lion through the Roy­al­ties for Re­gions pro­gram.

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