Work starts on Vinnies build


Vinnies capital campaign co-chair Troy Buswell, Community Services Minister Tony Simpson, Vinnies CEO Mark Fitzpatrick and Vinnies capital campaign co-chair Peter McBain.         d450217
Vinnies capital campaign co-chair Troy Buswell, Community Services Minister Tony Simpson, Vinnies CEO Mark Fitzpatrick and Vinnies capital campaign co-chair Peter McBain.        d450217

SVDPS chief executive Mark Fitzpatrick said that demand for the agency’s services continued to increase and major changes must be implemented to move forward.

Mr Fitzpatrick turned the sod with Community Services Minster Tony Simpson.

The new building, replacing the current head office in Belmont, will house a purpose-built depot, the SVDPS emergency relief call centre, specialist youth and financial counselling services, as well as the corporate support functions.

A new shop will also share the premises.

“Over the past five years, Vinnies has contributed $81.5 million to help people in the community who are doing it tough, and over that period there has been a 17 per cent increase,” Mr Fitzpatrick said. “Alarmingly, we expect that demand for our services will increase by an incredible 50 per cent in the next decade.

“Last year, SVDPS delivered 32,000 household items through the Osborne Park depot, which also supports all of our metropolitan stores and many of our stores across the state.

“Unfortunately, after 25 years of operation in this location, the demand for our services has meant that the depot has exceeded capacity.

“This limits the amount of people we can assist if we don’t move to a larger facility.”

A $5.7 million grant from Lotterywest has also been a welcome boost towards the $15 million needed.