Scot MacDonald
19th Nov 2018

St John’s Ambulance volunteers will arrive at callouts in Newcastle sooner in a new emergency response vehicle thanks to a $56,200 grant from the NSW Liberal National Government.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the grant will enable the purchase and fit-out of a new emergency response vehicle which will better equip St John Ambulance volunteers. The vehicle will be stationed at the St John Ambulance raining facilities in Adamstown.

“The new vehicle will store all the necessary equipment for easy access in an emergency, and will help volunteers respond to off-road incidents in harder-to-reach areas,” Mr MacDonald said.

“This is particularly important in the case of bushfires and extreme weather conditions as have been experienced in recent years.

“The new vehicle will be an innovative approach to expanding the emergency response capability across the region.”

St John Ambulance Australia NSW is a not for profit organisation in Australia and has been providing trusted first aid services for over 130 years. St John NSW is a self-funding, first aid service charitable organisation dedicated to helping people in sickness, distress, suffering or danger.

Minister for Racing Paul Toole said the project was funded through the Clubgrants Category 3 Infrastructure Grants program.

“More than $50 million in funding is being provided during this current term of government for projects across sport and recreation, emergency preparedness, and arts and culture,” Mr Toole said.  

“These grants are funded by a contribution from the state’s registered clubs to reinvest profits from gaming machines back into community projects.”

The program was improved in 2017 to give community organisations more chances to apply for a wider range of projects.

New funding ranges have encouraged more diverse projects, with a streamlined application process that cuts red tape and allows for faster assessment.