Work has commenced on a new 20-bedroom, 40-bed facility in Kalamunda, WA that will provide supported residential accommodation for young women in need.
Former Premier Colin Barnett turned the first sod along with Chair of Community Housing Ltd, Fionn Skiotis at the end of last year to mark the start of construction works on the St Emilie’s project in Kalamunda Road. CHL had been approached by the Department of Housing and LotteryWest to provide Project Management services for the re-development of St Emilie’s Convent and has been engaged in design and construction of the facility.
After completion the Facility will be managed by Esther Foundation for use as a rehabilitation and support centre for young women between the ages of 18-35 years at the risk of Homelessness requiring 24 hour support.
“Our organisation is very much at home in WA and we are working with the Department of Housing and Lotterywest on the design and construction of what will be a wonderful place to house young women,” Mr Skiotis said.
Health Minister John Day was also present at the sod turning and said much of the original convent’s rich heritage would be preserved in the work done.
The facility is scheduled to open in late 2017. The initial construction on the St Emilie’s site dates back to the early 1880s.