Belmont, Perth,

Lotterywest grant to boost ambulance services in regional WA

Ambulance services in regional Western Australia will benefit from a grant worth more than $950,000 provided by Lotterywest.

The 2014-15 funding will go to vital vehicle, building and equipment upgrades at St John Ambulance WA volunteer sub centres across the state.

This marks Lotterywest’s 81st year of support for St John.

Lotterywest Chairman John Atkins said this was a continuation of Lotterywest’s long history of supporting St John, dating back to the first recipient list of 1933 when the organisation was granted £100.

“We are proud to be a long-term supporter of such a vital organisation providing essential services to the WA community,” Mr Atkins said.

“St John is one of the many community organisations supported by Lotterywest grants which rely heavily on the support of volunteers and we’d like to acknowledge the work they do in building a better WA for all of us.

“Lotterywest is able to make this contribution through the sale of our Lottery Games, with 33 cents in every dollar going back into the community."

St John Chief Executive Officer Tony Ahern said Lotterywest had been a generous contributor to the state’s ambulance service.

“We are extremely grateful for the continued support of Lotterywest, who have provided St John with nearly $30 million in grant support since 1990,” Mr Ahern said.

“This grant will support important capital works programs and ensure that our ambulance sub centres are equipped with modern vehicles and the most up-to-date equipment.”

A total of $710,000 will be put towards the purchase of new ambulances for 10 sub centres including Bullsbrook, Coolgardie, Lancelin and Walpole.

The grant will also assist sub centre upgrades in Newman, Darkan, Goomalling, Quairading, Jerramungup and Walpole and pay for the installation of 20 mobile data terminals into volunteer ambulances across the state, to enhance their dispatch systems.