Lotterywest $1.6 million grant to refurbish Identitywa’s new corporate base
The Hon Donna Faragher, Minister for Planning; Disability Services, was joined by Lotterywest Board member, Garry Trinder, to present a certificate from Lotterywest to Bishop Donald Sproxton, Auxilliary Bishop of Perth, on Tuesday 31st May, 2016.
The successful grant application to Lotterywest by Identitywa will provide a new corporate base for the agency which after 36 years has outgrown its current site in David St, Kensington.
Mrs Faragher said the Lotterywest grant would allow Identitywa to refurbish heritage-listed buildings in the Catholic Archdiocese-owned old St Brigid’s School in Northbridge.
“The new corporate base in Northbridge is close to public transport and provides a central location with great access for the people Identitywa supports, as well as their families and carers,” she said.
“The refurbishment of the heritage-listed property will create office space, meeting rooms and a fully accessible large area that will be adapted to provide a state-of-the-art training facility.”
People who Identitywa supports, their families and staff also attended the presentation hosted by Identitywa CEO, Marina Re, at Identitywa’s Kensington office.
Ms Re, explains: “Due to our growth over the last five years which has also been positively impacted by the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, we have experienced a significant increase in demand for our support.
“As a Catholic agency of the Archdiocese of Perth it was proposed that we could move to a significantly larger site in Northbridge.
“We are very grateful to the Archbishop for his generosity in providing us with the use of the buildings and to Lotterywest for funding which will enable the refurbishment of the heritage listed buildings to meet Identitywa’s specific needs.”
Caption: Identitywa Chair, Graeme Mander, Marina Re, Hon Donna Faragher and Garry Trinder at the presentation.
Identitywa Media contact: Michelle Ebbs | (08) 9474 3304 | M 041 940 1335
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