Rolleston ambulance station opens

by Kent Caddick

Rolleston’s new ambulance station has been officially opened but fundraising for the facility will continue.

The new station, with garaging for three vehicles and accompanying administration and training facilities was officially opened on Sunday, with St John chancellor Dr Steven Evans cutting the ribbon and unveiling a plaque to commemorate the occasion. The $650,000 facility has taken three years to complete and has been built due to the fund raising efforts of the St John Selwyn Central Area committee. 

Committee chair John Sunckell thanked all those who contributed to making the facility a reality.

“Of special significance are the contributions of the Selwyn District Council, Generation Homes for their ‘no charge’ project management, Rata Foundation for its early financial support and Pub Charity for providing the cornerstones for the project. This early support allowed the community to come in behind us and to make at times significant donations.

St John Selwyn Central Area committee chair John Sunckell, left, 
and Order of St John chancellor Dr Steven Evans unveil a 
plaque to commemorate the opening

“The job is not yet done, with loans of $150,000 to repay and ongoing operational levies and costs approaching $300,000 a year we will need the continued support of our community.”

Mr Sunckell said the new station is not just a base for ambulances and staff but also provides meeting and training rooms. “Our St John youth programme is very strong in Rolleston with approximately 50 ‘penguins’ and cadets regularly attending, learning community and life skills and as they get older first aid and leadership.”

St John also took delivery of a new state of the art ambulance which Mr Sunckell said will increase their ability to respond to emergencies.
St John’s Canterbury operations support manager Kerry Mitchell 
shows off Rolleston’s new frontline ambulance to West 
Melton’s Bruce Russell, left, and others