St John ambulance service will soon have a new home in Cromwell.
Progress on the organisation’s new building in Barry Ave is tracking well and it is expected to be ready to move into by the end of July.
St John Island region fundraising and marketing manager Debbie Zwies said the station was also on budget, thanks to the generous support of major funders, including Central Lakes Trust, Otago Community Trust and the wider community.
The new station is an IL4 certified building, which means it is able to withstand a magnitude 8 earthquake.
It will feature a kitchen and bedrooms and has space for six operational vehicles, community spaces for first aid training and youth programmes as well as administrative work spaces and rest areas of both volunteer and paid staff.
The community will get a chance to attend a public open day in August, but a date has yet to be confirmed.
Ms Zwies said it would provide an opportunity for the community to see the new space and learn about emergency ambulance operations and the great initiatives St John is involved with in the community.
St John is in Ree Cres while the new build takes shape.
‘‘We are also the recipient of a community house build at Prospectors Park, a project which came about in 2019 when the Rotary Club of Cromwell turned 40 and the Cromwell Lions club turned 50 and they both wanted to celebrate the milestone through a joint community project.’’
She said profit from the sale of the house will be donated to the Cromwell station build and has involved significant community input.
St John Cromwell has seven active volunteers and four paid staff.
Along with the emergency ambulance service,St John operates a significant number of community health programmes, social enterprises and other activities, which help build community resilience.