Photo gallery: St John’s Northampton celebrate new training, volunteer room with community

The Northampton community had a reason to celebrate last week when they marked the official reopening of the refurbished St John Ambulance sub-centre.Completed in March last year, the work featured the construction of a new first aid and volunteer training room at the back of the existing building on Hampton Road.St John Northampton was forced to cancel plans for an opening ceremony last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, with recent cyclone damage to the sub-centre’s roof again threatening to derail celebrations.But St John Ambulance community paramedic for the Mid West Nic Chadbourne said the team were determined to hold the event on Friday.“Even though the building is not in the condition we wished it was, we decided it would still be a good idea to go ahead as a way of looking forward and setting our spirits high again,” he said.A grant worth almost $157,300 was acquired through the Building Better Regions Fund, with the Member for Durack Melissa Price saying she was proud of the Federal Government’s investment in the expansion project.“This funding is all about making our towns more liveable, safer and helping to just build that community spirit, and I think by what we have heard so far, it has been a wonderful investment by our Federal Government,” she said.Ms Price congratulated the Northampton community for the resilience they had displayed during the pandemic and the cyclone Seroja recovery period.Pictured: St John’s staff and volunteers celebrate the official opening of the new space. Picture: Phoebe Pin/Phoebe Pin

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The St John Ambulance Northampton sub-centre is still awaiting repairs after cyclone Seroja. Picture: Phoebe Pin/Phoebe Pin

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St John Ambulance Nic Chadbourne and chairperson Amy Teakle do a "virtual unveiling" of the plaque which will be installed on the new building. Picture: Geraldton Guardian

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St John Ambulance community paramedic Midwest Nic Chadbourne, chairperson Amy Teakle, admin officer Delys Reynolds and regional manager for Midwest Kevin Blake in the new training and community space. Picture: Geraldton Guardian

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Northampton student India Rout, 8, gave the welcome to country. Picture: Geraldton Guardian

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St John Northampton chair Amy Teakle with local business owners Ricky and Kerry Hasleby Picture: Geraldton Guardian