Wheatstone to fund sub centre
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.