Mums Cot­tage finds a big­ger home

Pinjarra Murray Times - - NEWS - Jill Burgess

MAN­DURAH’S Mums Cot­tage was a dream brought to re­al­ity just 12 months ago.

Now it is shift­ing to a big­ger home just a stone’s throw away.

The drop-in cen­tre for vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and mums need­ing a break was the vi­sion of Kaye See­ber.

The orig­i­nal idea was to take out a 12-month lease to de­ter­mine the need for such a fa­cil­ity.

“From the start, there was huge en­thu­si­asm and sup­port and over the 12 months we have the stats to show we are hav­ing an im­pact, along with anec­do­tal and ob­served ev­i­dence,’’ Mrs See­ber said.

The group asked for an ex­ten­sion of the lease for two more years, agreed to by the owner, but there was a fur­ther no­tice ad­vis­ing of a change in the lease con­di­tions, in­clud­ing a rise in rent.

For­tu­nately, a bene­fac­tor came for­ward with the of­fer of an al­ter­na­tive home on a long-term lease.

Mrs See­ber said there were ar­gu­ments for and against stay­ing in the cot­tage.

While bear­ing in mind the emo­tional at­tach­ment to the cot­tage, the work car­ried out by vol­un­teers and an in­vest­ment by the wider com­mu­nity, the board de­cided un­cer­tainty of ten­ure with no real guar­an­tee of re­newal was a grave risk to the fu­ture of Mums Cot­tage.

Mrs See­ber said the new home, a com­mer­cial prop­erty zoned for multi-use, was big­ger with more scope for ac­tiv­i­ties as well as a bet­ter lo­ca­tion and bet­ter park­ing.

“We will need a great deal of help to shift, al­though the new home is in much bet­ter con­di­tion,’’ Mrs See­ber said.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d474447

Kaye See­ber with vol­un­teer Kath­leen Frazer.

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