Morley: New Derrick Ernst Neighbourhood Centre opens


Barry McKenna and Mike Anderton with staff and kids. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Barry McKenna and Mike Anderton with staff and kids. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

THE new Derrick Ernst Neighbourhood Centre opened last Monday, after extensions and renovations were completed at the old West Morley Pre-Primary site.

The Bayswater Childcare Association-run centre moved out of Morley Galleria, where it is understood demolition has already started to prepare the site for an Aldi discount store.

The not-for-profit group spent $830,000 on the “state-of-the-art” centre, which features a babies’ room, sleep room, toddlers’ room, outdoor play areas, staff room and a community room to host playgroup and courses.

Bayswater Child Care Association chairman Mike Anderton said they became accredited on Friday and children came Monday.

“It has been a rushed deadline,” he said.

Western Power had not yet set up power and the childcare centre had to use a generator.

Mr Anderton said they were negotiating who would pay for the generator, which would cost about $7000.

Deputy chairman Barry McKenna said they were pleased Vicinity Centres and Morley Galleria gave two extra months before had to relocate.

“They were prepared to be a good corporate citizen,” he said.

“We would have had real problems trying to relocate the children.”

Mr McKenna said parents had been understanding about the moving process, particularly as they spent one week without a home.

Bassendean Men’s Shed helped with the relocation.