Bayswater Council secures leases for three community service providers in Morley and Bedford

The former kindergarten site on Brand Place in Morley. Picture: Kristie Lim
The former kindergarten site on Brand Place in Morley. Picture: Kristie Lim

BAYSWATER Council has granted leases for three community service providers despite the parties’ expressing interest in moving into the vacant Olive Tree House site in Morley.

At the October 23 council meeting, home help organisation ECHO Community Services, disability support provider Interchange WA and Islamic association AUSLAMWA secured homes at 1 Brand Place Morley, Olive Tree House and the Beaufort Park Hall in Bedford.

The decision followed Deputy Mayor Chris Cornish’s motion to defer the lease approval for Olive Tree House, in a bid to find sites for all parties at the October 9 planning committee meeting.

Interchange WA has been granted a five-year lease at Olive Tree House at $11,964 in rent a year.

ECHO has a seven-year lease with an extra five-year option that costs $15,000 a year and a rent exemption for six months during refurbishment works.

AUSLAMWA will lease the hall, where it already provides food and support for homeless people, for three years at $11,000 a year.

The association will allow community groups to rent out the hall.

Cr Elli Petersen-Pik, who moved the amended leases, said he was happy the council waited longer before making a decision.