City of Wanneroo formalises lease agreement with Child and Adolescent Health Service

Pearsall Hocking Community Centre. Photo: Marie Nirme
Pearsall Hocking Community Centre. Photo: Marie Nirme

CITY of Wanneroo has formalised its lease agreement with a children’s health provider after it was deemed to have an advantage over other groups.

The State Government-run Child and Adolescent Health Service (CAHS) has operated at no charge from an office at Pearsall Hocking Community Centre since February, on an annual hire agreement with the City.

The City’s June 27 report said the absence of a formal lease had contributed to “confusion and lack of clarity” around maintenance and rental costs and recommended formalising the agreement to provide equity with other government and non-profit tenants.

Councillors endorsed the lease at the June meeting, which provides a five-year term at a cost of $1 per year, with the service responsible for utilities, phone and internet services, maintenance and cleaning.

The report noted child health centres made an invaluable contribution to the community.

“However, the City should not continue to absorb the costs associated with the operation of child health centres to the detriment of other not-for-profit organisations and tenants that lease City premises,” it said.

“Whilst CAHS is not being charged a lease rental due to its claim of lack of State Government funding, administration believes that the proposed essential lease terms are the most practicable, achievable solution for all parties in this instance.”

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