Funding for St John training centre

The region’s second-busiest St John Ambulance branch is set to receive a multimillion-dollar boost, with the Federal Government this week announcing $1.5 million towards a new depot and first aid training centre in Busselton.

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino and Federal Regional Development Minister John McVeigh announced the funding under round two of the Coalition’s Building Better Regions Fund.

Mrs Marino said the new depot and training centre would improve emergency response times, increase attendance at events and also provide a venue for mental health first aid training to reduce suicide.

Preliminary works started on the site at Molloy Street in April, with building expected to begin in late September. St John South West regional manager Nicolle Warren said a bigger and more modern facility was needed given increasing population growth in the Busselton area.

Source: Busselton Dunsborough Times.