St John Ambulance Australia
Mr ALISTER HENSKENS (Ku-ring-gai—Minister for Skills and Training, and Minister for Science, Innovation and Technology) (16:09): Active in Australia for over 130 years, St John Ambulance Australia is a charity dedicated to helping people in sickness, distress, suffering or danger. It provides a variety of services to the community and is the leading supplier of first aid services and training in Australia. There is no question about the important role it plays in each of our communities. For example, St John Ambulance Australia is currently reminding people about the importance of first aid following a potential surge in venomous snake and spider activity across the State. In my local community, residents are serviced by the Ku-ring-gai division. Pleasingly, it recently received a $50,000 grant for a new mobile vehicle, which I supported through the Community Building Partnership program. I was privileged to present the cheque at Hillview Community Health Centre in Turramurra on 18 February. I congratulate the Ku-ring-gai division of St John Ambulance Australia and hub leader Rob Lang on receiving this much-deserved grant. I commend their volunteers, who provide critical services in communities across Australia.