Major Boost for St John Ambulance Service in Busselton

Media Release

MM117/2018

09 July 2018

Joint release with:

Nola Marino

Federal Member for Forrest

  • St John Ambulance Service in Busselton to receive a new depot and first aid training centre under round two of the Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects Stream
  • The Coalition Government is investing $1.5 million towards the $3.1 million project
  • 136 projects will be funded under the Infrastructure Projects stream, with the Coalition Government investing over $200 million

A new multi-million dollar purpose-built depot and first aid training centre for Busselton's St John Ambulance will help meet increased demands in the region and improve response times in emergencies.

Member for Forrest Nola Marino said the Turnbull Government will deliver $1.5 million towards the construction of the new depot and training centre under round two of the Coalition's Building Better Regions Fund.

“St John Ambulance WA officers and volunteers provide vital services to our region during times of emergency, during events, in delivering first-aid training and in caring for many members of our community,” Ms Marino said.

“The new depot and first aid training centre will facilitate quicker response times to improve survival of cardiac patients; increase attendance at events; provide a venue for mental health first aid training to reduce suicides; and increase volunteers to transport patients to medical appointments.

“The project is also expected to create 19 jobs during construction which will deliver a big boost to the local economy.”

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the project will deliver significant economic and social benefits to the community.

“Under round two of the Building Better Regions Fund—Infrastructure Projects stream, the Coalition Government is investing well over $200 million in 136 projects with a total project value of $459 million,” Dr McVeigh said.

“This means, in each successful community much anticipated local projects are receiving the funds needed to take a big idea and make it a reality.

“It's all part of the Coalition Government's plan to create more jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities across Australia.

“A further $200 million was announced in the 2018 Budget for a third round of the Building Better Regions Fund - a clear indication of the Coalition Government's commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.”

The second round of the Building Better Regions Fund, which includes the Community Investment stream and the Infrastructure Projects stream, is expected to create up to 10,000 jobs from over 240 projects.