On 1 July 2015, MercyCare’s new Central Office was officially opened by the Hon Colin Barnett MLA, Premier of Western Australia and blessed by the Catholic Archbishop of Perth, Most Reverend Timothy Costelloe SDB. This was a proud day for MercyCare and marks a significant chapter in our history.
Leader of the Opposition, Mark McGowan MLA and the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor, Lisa-M. Scaffidi, together with other dignitaries, also attend the official opening, which commenced with a Welcome to Country acknowledging traditional Aboriginal land owners.
Previously split between five sites, MercyCare’s new Central Office brings together staff and volunteers from its corporate and support services, and has been made possible thanks to a generous grant from Lotterywest.
MercyCare Chief Executive Officer, Chris Hall, said the Central Office marks a significant new chapter in MercyCare’s history, allowing the organisation to consolidate a range of corporate and support services previously based at various locations across Wembley.
“The move to bring disparate sites together in our new Central Office allows us to further improve management efficiency and streamline our processes, while also positioning us strategically with government and the wider central business district.” he said.
“Ultimately it enables us to improve our services and profile, which enhances our ability to support those who are significantly disadvantaged and in need in the Western Australian community.
“We thank the West Australian Government and Lotterywest for their significant funding support, allowing this project to come to fruition. It’s because of their ongoing support that MercyCare can continue to focus on our mission to break cycles of significant disadvantage and realise our vision for people and communities in Western Australia to thrive.”
The original Wembley site, from which many of the corporate services were relocated, will remain an important place for MercyCare as a key location continuing to deliver child care and aged care services. The vacated administration buildings on the site will be redeveloped over time for the benefit of the Western Australian community. In the meantime, the offices will be leased to other charitable organisations.
Mr Barnett said he was pleased to officially open MercyCare’s new Central Office, which has been supported with $7million in Lotterywest grants. The total project cost was $15 million.
“The WA Government is committed to supporting and fostering strong partnerships with not-for-profit organisations such as MercyCare, which work tirelessly in our community to achieve positive outcomes for vulnerable and disadvantaged West Australians,” he said.
“The Government is pleased to support MercyCare to continue achieving sustainable, positive outcomes for those who most need help in the community.”
Archbishop Costelloe said the blessing of the new MercyCare premises marks a new chapter in the long history of the organisation, which has grown to become one of Western Australia’s leading Catholic providers of aged care, family, health and community services.
“MercyCare, as a lay-led Catholic organisation, retains strong links to the compassionate and caring legacy of the Sisters of Mercy,” he said.
“The services of MercyCare are needed just as much today and this move recognises the need to relate across social and economic stratus of society to make a meaningful difference in our community.”