Wadjuks miss out on Woodville home

AN Aboriginal community group has missed out on finding a home in Vincent, but hasn’t given up hope yet.

The Wadjuk Northside Aboriginal Community Group had been hoping to expand from its Balga community centre and open a branch at Woodville Reserve on Farmer Street, North Perth.

It had been hoping to snag the empty and run-down Multicultural Services building on the reserve, which Vincent council is planning to lease out for a year or two while it finishes a masterplan for the park.

WNACG had been hoping to host elder and mum and bubs’ groups, mentoring programs, food donations, and use the building’s kitchen for food handling and barista courses.

But after going through expressions of interest, the council has decided the Wadjuks need something more certain, as the building is no certainty to remain in the new masterplan. They have also acknowledged they’d struggle to pay the rent, at least for the first year.

A report to the council says there’s “great appeal” in having an Indigenous centre in the city.

“…it would cater to those residents within the area as well as those that find it difficult to access the Balga and other WN locations within the metropolitan area,” the report said.

The council says it’s working with WNACC to find an alternative location.

Meanwhile, the Ethnic Commuities Council WA will be offered a one-year lease, with the council having absolute power over whether it offers another year or two option after that.

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