Salvos to remain in the area
With the Salvation Army in Baldivis gearing up to make a landmark move, the Telegraph caught up with the hardworking team at its Fifty Road site.
A longstanding part of the local community, the Salvation Army Baldivis recently announced the place it currently calls home was up for sale.
While there was an outpouring of fond memories and tales from yesteryear at the news, Corps Officer Lieutenant Ronald Stobie was keen to stress that even though the Salvos were on the move, they weren’t leaving Baldivis. “We want to be really clear, we are not leaving Baldivis at all,” Lt Stobie said.
“It’s a rapidly growing community and it’s one we want to be a part of and are invested in.”
Going forward Lt Stobie said the Salvation Army wanted to build a new facility that would be purpose-built for the community. “Our hope is that we’ll be central to Baldivis and where the people are,” he said.
“We’re still in conversations around the exact location but one of the big things for us is to be where the people are. We don’t want to be on the outskirts anymore.”
The premises have also served as a campsite for many schools and community groups over the years.
Long-time Salvation Army volunteer Derek Langley, who has been involved for 17 years, said some of his best memories came from his involvement with the seniors program.
Fellow volunteer of 17 years Helen Bennett, who is well known for her hugs, said she had worked on the campsite before it became a church.
“It’s just great to be involved with the people here,” she said.
“The Mainly Music program in particular is great because we can work with parents and children. A lot of the mums have flyin, fly-out husbands so they often need someone to talk to and just to show a little bit of love as well — it’s fantastic.”
Salvation Army Baldivis Corps Officers Lt Ronald Stobie and Lt Amy Stobie are excited for a bright new future in Baldivis.
Derek Langley and Helen Bennett.