Lifeskills Plus makes an early move to new centre

Lifeskills Plus will say goodbye to 14 years at its Perry Street address (pictured) on Friday.
Lifeskills Plus will say goodbye to 14 years at its Perry Street address (pictured) on Friday.

Lifeskills Plus will move to its new centre earlier than expected with new lease conditions restricting its ability to operate out of the heritage-listed Perry Street building.

On Friday, the disability service provider will say goodbye to 14 years at 24 Perry Street as it moves to the unfinished purpose-built facility in Oporto Road.   

A statement from the disability support provider said restrictions to their updated lease would have made it difficult to undertake their current range of services to the standard they need for their clients. 

“Lifeskills Plus management and board looked at a range of options including temporary premises until the Community Centre, which is under construction, is completed,” the statement read.    

“They have however decided that in the best interests of their clients all their resources will be put towards moving their services to the new centre in the shortest possible time.”

Lifeskills said “a hard working crew of local tradespeople and volunteers are preparing as much of the building as possible to house clients and staff”. 

The state-of-the-art respite section and the multi-purpose area of the Community Centre will be finished and operational by the move.

Lifeskills Plus is urgently seeks additional funding and sponsorship for a number of activity rooms and facilities yet to be completed. 

Member for Parkes Mark Coulton toured the new facility last month, giving assurances he would host discussions with his state and federal colleagues in an attempt to secure further funding.

Dubbo MP and deputy premier Troy Grant is expected to visit the centre shortly.  

Prior to its Car Boot Sale Bonanza and Chain of Coins fundraising challenge in March, Lifeskills needed a further $600,000 to finish the second half of the building.