Kalgoorlie-Boulder disability support organisation GIFSA is moving to the former HBF building in the Kalgoorlie CBD after buying it for $3 million.
GIFSA chief executive Terrence Winner told the Kalgoorlie Miner the organisation had been looking to move from its current Federal Road location for some time as it continued to grow and expand its services.
“So it was a fantastic opportunity when we realised that building was available … we saw that central location, what that building can offer will allow us to develop a truly collaborative community hub,” he said.
“We’re seeing that side as the opportunity to really bring in potentially a whole range of new services, the ability to access some external partners and supports that aren’t accessible in Kalgoorlie such as occupational therapists and those sorts of things, improve community awareness and education and then continue to allow GIFSA to advance towards our grand vision of a complete entire wraparound support modelling.”
Mr Winner said GIFSA — Goldfields Individual and Family Support Association — had recently finished developing an activity hub on Wittenoom Street, with a mini-golf course, basketball courts, bocce courts, gardens and other activities customised for people with disability.
“This fits in part of that overall grand plan that we have to really make Kalgoorlie one of the most inclusive spaces for people with disability and continuing to look at options for that,” he said.