Milestone event in St John project

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The sun shone as the spade was pushed into the turf at a ground-breaking ceremony at the site of the new St John station in Gore on Saturday.
St John Hokonui area chairwoman Karen Morris said it had been a long journey to get to this stage. She paid tribute to the “large number” of organisations that had backed the project.
“It would have been impossible to get to this point without the community support,” Ms Morris said.
The cost of building the 559sqm single-storey ambulance station is estimated at just under $1.5million. St John had 80% of the money for the build.
Construction of the station is scheduled to start this week.
Gore Mayor Tracy Hicks said the ceremony signalled a milestone not only for St John but also for Gore.
He congratulated St John on the work it had put in to building a new station.
“There would be very few people here to day that haven’t had to call on St John in one way or another,” Mr Hicks said. “You are an organisation we couldn’t do without.”
St John South Island general manager Dave Thomas, of Christchurch, said the most important ingredients in a project were land, money and people.
“But the most important thing is the people,” Mr Thomas said.
Without people donating money and time, the project would not have come together as well as it had, he said.
St John Hokonui area executive officer Vicki Kelly was pleased with the way the day went.
“We had a glorious day,” Mrs Kelly said.