Char­ity’s in a fun space

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - TONY RAGGATT

THE for­mer cam­pus of Youth With a Mis­sion at West End is to have a new lease of life as a cre­ative cen­tre for Townsville char­ity Kith and Kin As­so­ci­a­tion.

The as­so­ci­a­tion has bought the prop­erty at 123 Ing­ham Rd for $ 1.525 mil­lion and has big plans to use the fa­cil­i­ties for a host of train­ing and recre­ational ser­vices for peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity or men­tal ill­ness. Kith and Kin CEO Al­fred Wim­blett said the prop­erty opened op­por­tu­ni­ties for clients to de­velop their skills, in­ter­ests and pas­sions in a cre­ative and fun place, while it al­lowed the as­so­ci­a­tion to widen and ex­tend its ser­vices.

Mr Wim­blett said whether it was cook­ing in the com­mer­cial kitchen, us­ing the au­di­to­rium and per­for­mance space or danc­ing in its dance and record­ing stu­dio, the prop­erty would pro­vide pos­si­bil­i­ties only lim­ited by peo­ple’s imag­i­na­tion.

“123 Ing­ham Rd is not a build­ing, it is an op­por­tu­nity for any­one who steps through the doors,” Mr Wim­blett said.

“Cre­ated to sup­port kids with dis­abil­i­ties and their fam­i­lies, Kith and Kin will now have the ca­pac­ity to work with chil­dren right through to ma­ture adults.

“We want to be able to of­fer cen­tre- based learn­ing and skills de­vel­op­ment in a cre­ative en­vi­ron­ment.”

The prop­erty is a se­ries of con­verted build­ings with to­tal floorspace of 1313sq m in­clud­ing high- qual­ity of­fices and train­ing ar­eas, large air­con­di­tioned au­di­to­rium, events area, com­mer­cial kitchen and lounge area, record­ing stu­dio and seminar spa­ces that can seat up to 200 peo­ple.

The 2428sq m site also has a 30kW rooftop so­lar panel sys­tem.

Agent Steve Whal­ing of E Prop­erty Con­sul­tants, who ne­go­ti­ated the deal, said it was a good out­come for a rel­a­tively unique prop­erty made va­cant by a move into the for­mer city TAFE col­lege by for­mer own­ers YWAM.

Mr Whal­ing said the trans­ac­tion rep­re­sented the fi­nal piece in the sale of six YWAM prop­er­ties in West End. He said the mar­ket in sales and leas­ing re­mained sub­dued, al­beit with some “pearls” to be found.

“There is a lot of avail­able stock,” Mr Whal­ing said.

“We are find­ing that solid in­vest­ment prop­er­ties with good ten­an­cies are be­ing picked up quite rapidly.”

Kith and Kin is look­ing to move into its new premises in the next cou­ple of months.

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