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2022-01-26 Community & Lifestyle

Domestic Violence Memorial Garden bringing hope to DV survivors in the Kwinana community

Cassia Estate, a collaboration between DevelopmentWA and Satterley Property Group, has recently supported the Frank Konecny Community Centre in providing a sanctuary for domestic violence survivors through its uplifting “Garden of Hope.”

The Garden of Hope was officially opened on 14 September 2021, with a number of DevelopmentWA and Satterley representatives attending to honour the new community space.

(L-R) Julieanne Gelmi, Sharron Ketley, Sussan King, Natalie Macintosh, Erin Sergeant and John Hackett.

The monetary contribution, provided under Cassia’s Community Sponsorship Program, has assisted in providing a safe space for reflection and community conversation, with a “letters of hope” mailbox available for positive and encouraging messages for those in need.

The Frank Konecny Community Centre is a licenced charity run by numerous members of the community for the benefit of all. Offering a range of services such as food relief and emergency relief, the centre aims to promote good mental health, reduce social isolation, and support parents, families and individuals who are struggling.

“DevelopmentWA was honored to participate as we always look for ways to ensure the communities we create are done in a holistic way. This initiative is a good example of community spirit at its best and its never been more important during these uncertain times” Said John Hackett, General Manager Metropolitan Operations, DevelopmentWA.

As a direct response to COVID-19 in March 2020 the centre provided crisis support and emergency relief in the community.

Sussan King, Centre Manager at Frank Konecny Community Centre, said “Between January to August alone we provided assistance to 29,176 people, with just over 6000 people accessing our services last month.”

“The annual 16 Days in WA campaign, which ran earlier this month, is an important initiative that aims to raise awareness of violence against women and create change by educating, motivating and advocating in the local community,” she added.

Statistics show 65% of assaults recorded in WA last year were related to family and domestic violence, with 73% of victims being female (Source: 2020 ABS Recorded Crime).

"We are proud to be playing our part by providing a safe space in our Garden of Hope, as well as a range of other services to help domestic violence survivors.”

“Our emergency relief services, and the Garden of Hope, would not have been possible without the help and generosity of our volunteers, organisations like DevelopmentWA, and the amazing Kwinana community,” said Ms King.

Satterley Chief Executive, Nigel Satterley AM, said the Garden of Hope was a great example of how Cassia’s Community Sponsorship Program supports important causes in local communities.

“The Frank Konecny Community Centre provides outstanding assistance within the local community, and we are proud to provide support through the Garden of Hope.”