Salvos to move from Fifty Road home

Southern Telegraph - - News - Ai­den Boy­ham

The Sal­va­tion Army in Bal­divis will be on the move early in the new year, after it was con­firmed it had sold its Fifty Road site, with Kwinana’s Para­dox Church set to move in.

Orig­i­nally run as a camp site for many years, the Sal­va­tion Army has been in­volved with the Bal­divis site since the 1960s.

With the set­tle­ment date set for Jan­uary 22, the hard­work­ing team will con­tinue to op­er­ate at Fifty Road un­til then; be­fore em­bark­ing on a new com­mu­ni­ty­based ven­ture.

Sal­va­tion Army Bal­divis of­fi­cer Lt Ron­ald Sto­bie said that while the corps was mov­ing from its long-time home, the team was com­mit­ted to re­main­ing in the Bal­divis area.

“Rather than hav­ing one place that ev­ery­one goes to, we’ll be set­ting up dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties that are for spe­cific peo­ple,” he said

“So it might be sin­gle mums or FIFO par­ents — what­ever the need is, we’ll be set­ting up com­mu­ni­ties to con­nect with that and the peo­ple to reach their big­gest needs.”

In the long term the Sal­va­tion Army is be­lieved to have plans for a pur­pose-built fa­cil­ity closer to the com­mu­nity.

Para­dox Church se­nior pas­tor Brad Joss said the church was hop­ing to move to the site in March 2018.

“Our first goal is to ren­o­vate and re­vi­talise the ex­ist­ing build­ings on site and even­tu­ally to es­tab­lish a con­fer­ence cen­tre with short-term ac­com­mo­da­tion,” Mr Joss said. “We are re­ally ex­cited about the op­por­tu­ni­ties that this prop­erty will pro­vide for us to have a pos­i­tive im­pact on our local com­mu­nity.”

Sal­va­tion Army Bal­divis will host a church ser­vice on Christmas Eve, as well as a Christmas Day ser­vice at 10am, be­fore leav­ing in late Jan­uary next year.

Pic­ture: Ai­den Boy­ham

Salvos’ Bal­divis corps of­fi­cer Lt Ron­ald Sto­bie.

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