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Watsup project fast facts

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LOOK AT ME NOW: Below: The Ambulance Transfer Station in all its glory following the completion of works
LOOK AT ME NOW: Below: The Ambulance Transfer Station in all its glory following the completion of works

WITH the Ambulance Transfer Station officially open for business, many people may be wondering just what was involved.

The building prior to the upgrade.
The building prior to the upgrade.

From the seeds of an idea by the Warracknabeal Aero Club put to the Ambulance Auxiliary who then took up the challenge, a lot of hard work was undertaken by a multitude of people and groups.

The project

The upgrade of the Warracknabeal Aerodrome Transfer Station facility included:

  • Full compliance with AS1428 – Design for Access and Mobility
  • Comfortable and private waiting/meeting rooms.
  • Hygienic restrooms with full disabled amenities.
  • Easy access and egress for vehicles as well as stretchers and wheelchairs.
  • Complete removal of asbestos containing materials.

Apart from the many and varied fundraising activities, works were funded by the Australian Government through the Drought Communities Programme which targeted projects that stimulate local community spending, use local resources, businesses and suppliers, and/or provide a long-lasting benefit to communities and the agricultural industries on which they depend.

Additional funding was provided by the Department of Health and Human Services through their Community Shade Grants Programme, Yarriambiack Shire Council, Ambulance Victoria Auxiliary, Horsham Sports and Community Club, Warracknabeal Aero Club and through the generosity of community donations.

The project was initially managed by the WATSUP Committee and then the Yarriambiack Shire Council stepped in when more expertise was required.

The total cost of the project was $180,000 with the work undertaken by Preston Building and Carpentry.