New emergency service buildings to be a place of learning for the Wheatbelt

  • Works complete on $4.37 million Northam St John’s Regional Office, Training Centre and Ambulance Sub Centre

  • New facilities will increase ambulance services and deliver first aid training

  • The Coalition Government invested more than $2.1 million into the project

More ambulance services will look after Northam and the Wheatbelt region following the opening of the new St John Ambulance Regional Office and Training Centre.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said more ambulance services and free first aid training meant Wheatbelt region locals would be better looked after.

“I aim to build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and improving health services does that,” Minister Nash said.

Joining the community for the celebration in Northam, Federal Member for Pearce Christian Porter said the new facilities would ease demand on emergency services in Northam.

“The new ambulance depot will help inter-hospital patient transports and reduce ambulance response times in Northam,” Mr Porter said.

President of the Shire of Northam Steven Pollard said the project included the construction and fit out of two new buildings, the Regional Office and Training Centre and the ambulance depot.

“The ambulance depot building will house an eight bay ambulance garage, a crew area including a meals area, kitchen, lounge, male amenities, female amenities and four quiet rooms and an administration area,” Cr Pollard said said.

Chief Executive Officer of St John Ambulance Western Australia Tony Ahern said the opening was great news for the town of Northam, our volunteers and staff, and for people in surrounding areas.

"The requirement for ambulance and inter-hospital patient transports have grown significantly in the Northam area and this development will allow us to expand accordingly to continue the high level of services currently provided,” Mr Ahern said.

This project was jointly funded by the Federal Coalition Government ($2,119,500), Shire of Northam ($136,364), and St John Ambulance Western Australia Ltd. ($2,119,500).