New St John Busselton Sub Centre opens to cater for growing community
- New state-of-the-art St John WA Sub Centre formally opened in Busselton today, increasing ambulance capability and new capacity for first aid training,
- It features a six-bay garage for ambulances, spaces for volunteers and staff, and quiet rooms for those working night shift,
- Funding provided from the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, with support from the Department of Lands and City of Busselton.
St John WA has today formally opened its new Busselton Sub Centre, which is set to deliver more than 4800 call-outs each year and support growing demand for first aid training in the community.
The new facility is the latest addition to St John WA’s regional centres and features a drive through six-bay ambulance garage, an area of respite for volunteers and staff, offices, medical store, modern kitchen and bathroom amenities as well as four quiet rooms for night shift volunteers and staff.
The centre is designed to future-proof the service by allowing St John WA to attract, train and retain volunteers and staff in Busselton. St John WA currently has seven paramedics, two full-time equivalent patient transport position roles and 62 volunteers delivering critical services to in the local community.
St John Head of Country Operations, Justin Fonte said the new facility had been welcomed by the community of staff and volunteers.
“In such a high-traffic region, it’s important to have the right services in place. Significant time and resource have been invested by St John to ensure this new facility will benefit the Busselton community, both now and in the future. The design has been tailored so the facility can grow with the population and community for at least 25 years,” Mr Fonte said.
"The new facility will continue to build a resilient community by providing community first aid training, event health services, ambulance and patient transport services.”
Planning for the new Busselton Sub Centre started in 2012 to ensure it was relocated to a convenient location close to the Bussel Highway. Funding was secured from the Australian Government in 2018 with more than $1.5 million provided by the Building Better Regions Fund. Following approvals, construction was completed within 12 months.
Collectively, St John WA’s country volunteers travel more than two million kilometres across country WA annually each year, transporting more than 64,000 people.