St Pats Rack gets new rent-free store

St Pat's chief operations officer Michael Piu with volunteers Dee Franklyn, Carmel Callaghan and Julia Koffel. Picture: Martin Kennealey d420294
St Pat's chief operations officer Michael Piu with volunteers Dee Franklyn, Carmel Callaghan and Julia Koffel. Picture: Martin Kennealey d420294

After staying for free in the City of Fremantle-owed building at 78 Adelaide Street for 18 months, the property became earmarked for development and Sirona Capital approached St Patricks and offered them a new store, again rent-free.

St Patrick’s Community Support Centre chief executive Michael Piu said they were concerned about being without a home for St Pats Rack before Sirona Capital stepped in.

‘Rent is obviously the main expense in operating a shop and because Sirona offered us the new premises rent-free, overheads can be kept low so income can really benefit the work of St Pat’s, so this is a huge bonus for us.’

Sirona Capital managing director Matthew McNeilly said they had an affection for Fremantle that extended past the projects they were doing on their own behalf.

‘For an organisation that’s helped thousands of people over many decades it’s perfectly fitting they should be able to look to someone else in their time of need,’ he said.

St Patrick’s will celebrate the official opening of the new St Pats Rack store in the Adelaide Street Plaza on May 30.