Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By LISA THOMAS

SU­BI­ACO drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram Fresh Start could open new premises in the western sub­urbs, with the not­for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion in ne­go­ti­a­tions to buy the for­mer Ron­ald McDon­ald House.

Fresh Start’s Wem­b­ley fa­cil­ity will close this month af­ter the Town of Cam­bridge coun­cil deemed it non­com­pli­ant and re­jected a re­zon­ing ap­pli­ca­tion.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion is now one of many par­ties who have put an of­fer in to buy the two prop­er­ties on Hamilton and York streets, Su­bi­aco.

Ac­ton Real Es­tate agent and auc­tion­eer Boyd Fraser is han­dling the sale of the prop­er­ties, which housed thou­sands of fam­i­lies with sick chil­dren over 25 years.

He said there had been sev­eral for­mal of­fers, but none that were close enough to the start­ing price of $3.5 mil­lion for the sale of both prop­er­ties.

“Fresh Start is one of the in­ter­ested par­ties in the prop­erty,” he said.

“Ac­ton and Ron­ald McDon­ald House would love Fresh Start to buy the prop­erty. We be­lieve they are a great or­gan­i­sa­tion that does great work.

“We have had for­mal of­fers, but are still in ne­go­ti­a­tions.”

A Fresh Start spokes­woman said the or­gan­i­sa­tion could not com­ment at this point.

The York Street site has 14 bed­rooms with en­suites and com­mu­nal din­ing, kitchen and liv­ing ar­eas.

The Hamilton Street site in­cludes six self-con­tained units on 800sqm.

Ron­ald McDon­ald House Perth chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter King said the money from the sale of the prop­er­ties would be put back into help­ing the com­mu­nity.

“The funds from the Su­bi­aco prop­er­ties will be put into the de­vel­op­ment of other ser­vices for the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“These in­clude fam­ily rooms in hos­pi­tals, fam­ily re­treats and our ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams, all sup­port­ing fam­i­lies with se­ri­ously ill chil­dren.

“We will not use cap­i­tal for op­er­a­tional costs, how­ever we will use earn­ings from cap­i­tal to meet op­er­a­tional costs.”

Fresh Start has made an of­fer for the for­mer Ron­ald McDon­ald House.

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