Drug rehabilitation program aiming for Fresh Start at former Ronald McDonald House


The former Ronald McDonald House. Picture: Andrew Ritchie.
The former Ronald McDonald House. Picture: Andrew Ritchie.

SUBIACO drug rehabilitation program Fresh Start could open new premises in the western suburbs, with the not-for-profit organisation in negotiations to buy the former Ronald McDonald House.

Fresh Start’s Wembley facility will close this month after the Town of Cambridge council deemed it non-compliant and rejected a rezoning application.

The organisation is now one of many parties who have put an offer in to buy the two properties on Hamilton and York streets, Subiaco.

Acton Real Estate agent and auctioneer Boyd Fraser is handling the sale of the properties, which housed thousands of families with sick children over 25 years.

He said there had been several formal offers but none that were close enough to the starting price of $3.5 million, for the sale of both properties.

“Fresh Start is one of the interested parties in the property,” he said.

“Acton and Ronald McDonald House would love Fresh Start to buy the property. We believe they are a great organisation that does great work.

“We have had formal offers, but are still in negotiations.”

A Fresh Start spokeswoman said the organisation could not comment at this point.

The York Street site has 14 bedrooms with en suites and communal dining, kitchen and living areas.

The Hamilton Street site includes six self-contained units on 800sq m.

Ronald McDonald House Perth chief executive Peter King said the money from the sale of the properties would be put back into helping the community.

“The funds from the Subiaco properties will be put into the development of other services for the community,” he said.

“These include family rooms in hospitals, family retreats and our education programs – all supporting families with seriously ill children.

“We will not use capital for operational costs, however we will use earnings from capital to meet operational costs.”