Marangaroo’s family centre relaunches as the Hepburn Centre to reflect changing community needs

Linkwest chairwoman Cate Rocchi, Hepburn Centre program coordinator Amanda Gordon, program assistant Joan Carmichael, coordinator Helen Cocks and Linkwest chief executive Jane Chilcott.
Linkwest chairwoman Cate Rocchi, Hepburn Centre program coordinator Amanda Gordon, program assistant Joan Carmichael, coordinator Helen Cocks and Linkwest chief executive Jane Chilcott.

THE Marangaroo Family Centre has rebranded as the Hepburn Centre as it embraces change and expands its reach.

Coordinator Helen Cocks said a group of new mothers started the centre in the early 1990s, including Jo Treby, who attended the relaunch on July 13.

“This group recognised the need for additional community-controlled child development facilities to be established in the north-eastern suburbs,” she said.

“After 27 years in the community however, needs have changed and our organisation is proactive enough to recognise that we need to change too.

“Our role now is to allow the community itself to determine our direction based on their assets and needs.

“Changes to our funding arrangements that were announced two years ago proved a challenging time for us.

“It motivated us to explore new opportunities to enhance and expand our community engagement.”

Mrs Cocks said the grassroot organisation aimed to connect local people, places, assets and issues.

Board members Kirralee Dyke, Sarah Bottcher and Wanneroo councillor Brett Treby attended the launch, as well as Girrawheen MLA Margaret Quirk, Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts and Wanneroo chief executive Daniel Simms.

Representatives from Linkwest, the Department of Communities, Rawlinson Primary School, Mental Illness Fellowship of WA, St Judes Disability Services, Enrich Home Care, Ngala and The Smith Family also attended.

Noongar elder Neville Collard gave the welcome to country.

For more information, visit hepburncentre.com.au or call 9342 5303.

City of Wanneroo chief executive Daniel Simms, councillor Brett Treby, Girrawheen MLA Margaret Quirk, Noongar elder Neville Collard, Hepburn Centre coordinator Helen Cocks and Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts.