Kondinin and Hyden St John WA volunteers will soon have a new, first-class $700,000 facility, with plans finalised last month after years of dedicated fundraising and planning. The Kondinin depot has been vacated and volunteers are working out of the Hyden facility in preparation for demolition, which is expected to start later this month. The new headquarters will feature separate first aid training and meeting rooms, as well as a dedicated customer service area for selling and servicing first aid kits. St John WA head of country ambulance operations Justin Fonte said the local volunteers deserved a new and improved base. “The Kondinin-Hyden sub-centre has provided ambulance services and pre-hospital care for more than 70 years,” he said. “During this time, the St John WA volunteers have also assisted their local community to achieve community resilience by making first aid a part of their lives. “While our volunteers continue to provide an outstanding service to their community, it has become evident that they require a modern, purpose-built facility in which to base their services and to provide a welcoming environment to new and existing volunteers. The ambulance service in the district operates out of both the Kondinin and Hyden depots, each housing two ambulances. The combined 28 volunteers have responded to 123 triple-0 calls including 58 life-threatening jobs across Kondinin, Kalgarin and Hyden in the last financial year. Plans are also in the works to upgrade the Hyden depot, which operates out of a garage and multi-purpose room attached to the Silver Chain building. Mr Fonte said the sub-centre would not have been possible without the generosity of the local community and the dedicated volunteers who helped get others behind the project. “I extend my most heartfelt thanks to all of the funding sources that have made this development for the community possible,” he said. “I would like to especially extend my gratitude to the volunteer sub-centres in other jurisdictions who have contributed to the Kondinin-Hyden community in service of humanity. “Kondinin-Hyden volunteers deserve a first-class facility and we appreciate the value, the time and dedication they each give to St John each and every day.” The new sub-centre was funded by donations from community members and businesses including $240,000 from other St John sub-centres, $20,000 from the Wheatbelt Volunteer Regional Support Fund, grants from CBH and Bendigo Bank, and $150,000 from the Shire of Kondinin. The Kondinin volunteers are operating out of the Hyden depot and will continue to be on standby for the Kondinin and Hyden football home games. After the Kondinin depot is demolished, building is expected to start in November.