Work starts on Vin­nies build

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

WORK has started on St Vin­cent de Paul So­ci­ety’s (SVDPS) new home in Can­ning Vale to help the or­gan­i­sa­tion meet the grow­ing de­mand for its ser­vices.

SVDPS chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Fitz­patrick said that de­mand for the agency’s ser­vices con­tin­ued to in­crease and ma­jor changes must be im­ple­mented to move for­ward.

Mr Fitz­patrick turned the sod with Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Min­ster Tony Simp­son.

The new build­ing, re­plac­ing the cur­rent head of­fice in Bel­mont, will house a pur­pose­built de­pot, the SVDPS emer­gency re­lief call cen­tre, spe­cial­ist youth and fi­nan­cial coun­selling ser­vices, as well as the cor­po­rate sup­port func­tions.

A new shop will also share the premises.

“Over the past five years, Vin­nies has con­trib­uted $81.5 mil­lion to help peo­ple in the com­mu­nity who are do­ing it tough, and over that pe­riod there has been a 17 per cent in­crease,” Mr Fitz­patrick said. “Alarm­ingly, we ex­pect that de­mand for our ser­vices will in­crease by an in­cred­i­ble 50 per cent in the next decade.

“Last year, SVDPS de­liv­ered 32,000 house­hold items through the Os­borne Park de­pot, which also sup­ports all of our metropoli­tan stores and many of our stores across the state.

“Un­for­tu­nately, af­ter 25 years of op­er­a­tion in this lo­ca­tion, the de­mand for our ser­vices has meant that the de­pot has ex­ceeded ca­pac­ity.

“This lim­its the amount of peo­ple we can as­sist if we don’t move

d450217 to a larger fa­cil­ity.”

A $5.7 mil­lion grant from Lot­tery­west has also been a wel­come boost to­wards the $15 mil­lion needed.

Vin­nies cap­i­tal cam­paign co-chair Troy Buswell, Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Min­is­ter Tony Simp­son, Vin­nies CEO Mark Fitz­patrick and Vin­nies cap­i­tal cam­paign co-chair Peter McBain.

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