St John win grant for the construction of new RFDS transfer station

Kellie BalaamNarrogin Observer
RFDS aircraft lands at Jandakot airport.
Camera IconRFDS aircraft lands at Jandakot airport. Credit: The West Australian, Ben Crabtree/The West Australian. 02/10/2014

The St John Ambulance Narrogin sub-branch has been successful in securing grant funding to pave the way for the long-awaited construction of a new Royal Flying Doctor Service transfer station.

The concept of a new transfer station has been around for several years, but the grant funding has led to a request from St John to enter into a lease arrangement with the Shire of Narrogin for land for the facility.

Over many years, St John has used a section of the Narrogin Flying Club building to facilitate patient transfers to the RFDS so critical patients can be taken via aircraft to receive specialist emergency treatment in Perth.

The Narrogin sub-centre has been successful in grant funding.
Camera IconThe Narrogin sub-centre has been successful in grant funding. Credit: Kellie Balaam/Narrogin Observer/Kellie Balaam

The arrangement at the NFC clubhouse has not been ideal because of exposure to weather and the fact the facility was never intended to serve as a patient transfer station.

Narrogin St John Ambulance volunteer Grant Hansen submitted a request to council on February 20 to consider a lease arrangement at the Narrogin Airport.

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