Australian Red Cross will seek community views to co-design future use of the site of Lady Lawley Cottage in Cottesloe, in a process led by a new committee.
The formation of the Committee follows the cessation of services from the facility last year. Australian Red Cross determined that the needs of children with disabilities and their families were best met by other organisations, which specialise in this work.
Australian Red Cross provided respite and other services for children with disabilities at the site until September 2020.
The Committee includes Australian Red Cross representatives and nominees of the Child and Adolescent Health Services Board, former WA Disability Services Minister the Hon. Sheila McHale and former Ability Centre CEO, Judy Hogben.
The Committee has affirmed the facility will be retained for use for disability services in keeping with its charitable purpose.
“The Committee is seeking a long-term viable use for disability services for the facility which meets the community’s needs and expectations,” said Australian Red Cross WA Director, Craig Stewart.
“To be clear, this means the site will not be sold,” he said.
“Australian Red Cross remains strongly committed to finding the best possible outcome for the facility that will continue a focus on children with disabilities, and their families,” said Mr Stewart.
“Now that we have transitioned to the current status, we will embark on a co-design process. We will seek a broad range of views that will guide our decisions on who is best placed to deliver services from the site, and the nature of services to be delivered,” he said.
“The timeframes will depend on the co-design process – we will have more sense of this in the coming months.”