Mandurah’s Mums Cottage on the move to bigger premises


Part of the children’s playground into which volunteers put a great deal of work at the first Mums Cottage.
Part of the children’s playground into which volunteers put a great deal of work at the first Mums Cottage.

MANDURAH’S Mums Cottage was a dream brought to reality just 12 months ago.

Now it is shifting to a bigger home just a stone’s throw away.

The drop-in centre for victims of domestic violence and mums needing a break was the vision of Kaye Seeber.

The original idea was to take out a 12-month lease to determine the need for such a facility.

“From the start, there was huge enthusiasm and support and over the 12 months we have the stats to show we are having an impact, along with anecdotal and observed evidence,’’ Mrs Seeber said.

The group asked for an extension of the lease for two more years, agreed by the owner but there was a further notice advising of a change in the lease conditions, including an increase in rent.

Fortunately, a benefactor came forward with the offer of an alternative home on a long-term lease.

But Mrs Seeber said there were arguments for and against staying in the cottage.

While bearing in mind the emotional attachment to the cottage, the work carried out by volunteers and an investment by the wider community, the board decided uncertainty of tenure with no real guarantee of renewal was a grave risk to the future of Mums Cottage.

Mrs Seeber said the new home, a commercial property zoned for multi-use, was bigger with more scope for activities as well as a better location and better parking.

“We will need a great deal of help to shift, although the new home is in much better condition,’’ Mrs Seeber said.

She hopes to keep Mums Cottage operational for the next month as the move gradually takes place.

“We can now rest assured we have a secure place to call home ,’’ she said.