Crown land granted to Ngala in Kensington

 Ngala chief executive Fiona Beermier and chairwoman Jen Ehlers at the Kensington centre. Photo: David Baylis
Ngala chief executive Fiona Beermier and chairwoman Jen Ehlers at the Kensington centre. Photo: David Baylis

A KENSINGTON parenting agency with 128 years of service will use part of Crown land on Hayman Road to build an integrated service hub and cater for the families on its waiting list.

The State government granted a portion of Crown land to parenting agency Ngala in Kensington more than six months ago but only made the news public last week.

Ngala chief executive Fiona Beermier said after keeping the news under wraps since May, they could now start building the integrated service hub and childcare facility on the land.

“We have 165 families waiting to come into our service here,” she said.

“Our intention with the integrated service hub is to actually provide wraparound services to parents.

“Instead of feeling like they might come and tell their stories five or six times to agencies, our intention is, up here we actually have multiple agencies in it.”

Ngala chairwoman Jen Ehlers said the hub would help them remain relevant to parents, families and communities that they serve.

Ms Beermier and Ms Ehlers in front of the granted Crown land. Photo: David Baylis

“Things are constantly evolving and we need to constantly evolve and change our approach, our hub is going to be our way of addressing that,” she said.

Ms Beermier said there were plenty of opportunities for collaboration from services to start off the building process.

“We’ve got to have the land itself transferred to us first and that’s a legal process,” she said.

“What we’re going to be looking at is where we get financial support from, whether it’s philanthropic, impact investment or social investment.”

The portion of Crown land granted to Ngala is located in the corner of Hayman Road and George Street.