Hear, hear

AN aged and disability provider is in pole position to move into the Maylands Autumn Centre.

Bayswater council officers have recommended that ECHO, which provides in-home care and services, be granted a five-year lease.

Up until last year it was used by the Maylands Senior’s Club, but it dissolved after membership dwindled, and the Ninth Avenue site has since been hired out to community groups.

• Councillors Catherine Ehrhardt (centre top), Elli Petersen-Pik (top right) and locals want the Maylands Autumn Centre to stay open. File

Council received eight expressions of interest for the lease, including Family Support WA, theatre groups, an organisation which supports prisoners’ families, the Maylands ratepayers and residents association, and a karate school, which currently hires the centre.

ECHO said they would consider letting other groups, such as the karate school, hire out the hall on a causal basis.

In December, the Voice reported on the community backlash when council staff recommended “disposal” of the centre and its land.

After the backlash, officers said their “preferred option” of disposal was an error and sought expressions of interest for the site.


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