Local MP Hon Mia Davies MLA joined St John Ambulance and locals on Saturday to celebrate the official opening of the newly built facilities at the Merredin Sub Centre.
Ms Davies congratulated all the volunteers that had given up their own time to give back to their community.
“Our regional St John volunteers work hard and at times face challenging situations, they deserve to have modern facilities to work out of,” she said.
“I congratulate everyone who has been involved in this wonderful project that will enable our volunteers to deliver a greater service to the community, whilst also being able to cater for their needs too. ”
Ms Davies said “These upgrades are more than just about bricks and mortar”.
The newly purpose constructed building features a multi-use training room for volunteer skills training and First Aid courses, male and female change rooms and showers, kitchen and equipment storage areas.
The facility also has two offices, accommodation for up to two people and includes a drive in garage with three extra-large ambulance bays and plenty of storage.
The original building which was well past its use by date, was constructed in the 1950’s and served Merredin and the surrounding communities through its volunteer ambulance service and first aid training for over sixty years.
Chairperson of the Merredin Sub Centre, Donna Crook said they were excited to be working out of the new facility.
“This larger modern facility will provide us with the ability to deliver a better service to our community as well as looking after our volunteers,” Mrs Crook said.
These upgrades were made possible with $230,000 from Royalties for Regions through the previous Government’s Regional Grants Scheme, $173,128 from Lotterywest and over $550,000 from St John WA and the Merredin community.
Ms Davies said it was regrettable that the McGowan Labor Government had cut the Regional Grant Scheme and Community Chest Fund from Royalties for Regions.
“There’s no longer any small grant scheme to support community or not-for-profit groups to leverage funding for local projects under this Government,” she said.
“Instead, Labor have shifted over one billion dollars of Government spending that should come from ordinary Department budgets into Royalties for Regions.
“They’re short-changing our country communities to pay for Metronet and other extravagant election promises they can’t afford.