A feasibility study will look at co-locating not-for-profit agencies into one purpose built facility to service the Mirrabooka area, Local Member for Nollamara Janine Freeman said today.
"Lotterywest will fund $17,000 for a feasibility study into the need for a purpose built affordable facility for these organisations to service the Mirrabooka area," Ms Freeman said.
"I welcome this announcement as rising rentals and the difficulties in securing and retaining appropriate accommodation means many not-for-profit agencies have to settle for sub-optimal accommodation.
"Working in crowded offices disadvantages both workers and clients. This feasibility study will determine whether a co-located facility would assist the clients of agencies such as Northern Suburbs Legal Service, ISHAR Women's Health Service, Mirrabooka Edmund Rice Centre and Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre.
"The work the not for profit organisations do within the community is essential and it is only appropriate they have adequate work spaces."
Ms Freeman said agencies such as the Northern Suburbs Legal Service assist at least 2,000 people each year.
"Combined this centre would cater for around 8,000 people in the Mirrabooka area," she said.
"Additional services could also be housed at this one location and offer even more services to local residents.
"A purpose built accommodation for the not-for-profit sector would meet the current and future needs of the agencies and operate as a one-stop-shop for residents."