Clontarf Foundation moving to new home

Pact Construction general manager Jason Kunkler and Clontarf Foundation chief executive Gerard Neesham look over the redevelopment plans.
Pact Construction general manager Jason Kunkler and Clontarf Foundation chief executive Gerard Neesham look over the redevelopment plans.

The Clontarf Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to improve the education, discipline, life skills and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men.

It works with about 3000 indigenous teenagers on a daily basis to re-engage them with school and support them into meaningful jobs or further training.

The Clontarf Foundation has been operating out of a rundown former warehouse in Victoria Park, but Pact Construction has agreed to renovate the foundation’s new headquarters, in the Bentley education precinct, at a discounted rate to help make the $1.7 million upgrade possible.

The new 487sqm headquarters will include office accommodation for 25 staff.

Pact Construction general manager Jason Kunkler said the renovation, due to be completed in June, would create a purpose-designed building, which will allow the Clontarf Foundation to expand the reach of its work.

‘The refurbished building will give the foundation the space it so desperately needs to progress its plans, as well as extra facilities to enhance the programs that make such a difference to the lives of indigenous teenagers, their families and their communities,’ Mr Kunkler said.

The building will also provide a base for regional staff from 55 locations across Australia when they are working in Perth.

Clontarf Foundation chief executive Gerard Neesham said the move to the new central office would mean annual leasing costs of $60,000 could be spent on delivering programs.