We are pleased to learn that, as a result of negotiations between representatives of Tuart Place and Edmund Rice Community Services Ltd – a company associated with the Christian Brothers – resolution of the long running dispute between the two organisations over Tuart Place’s continued occupancy of premises at 24 High Street, Fremantle appears to be in sight.
Our earlier story and podcast with Dr Philippa White, Director of Tuart Place, provides the background to the dispute.
The following statement has just been made by Tuart Place concerning the negotiations-
In a heartening new development on 4th November 2022, representatives of Tuart Place met with Edmund Rice Community Services Ltd (ERCS) to negotiate ongoing tenancy at 24 High Street, Fremantle. ERCS has stepped forward as the registered proprietor of the property.
ERCS acknowledged the vital work carried out by Tuart Place, and the importance of continuing to offer support to survivors of institutional abuse in a place that is accessible, familiar, and safe.
Tuart Place and ERCS are working together to draft a set of principles that includes a two-year lease on the existing premises, with opportunities to explore longer term lease arrangements or purchase of the property.
While the details are yet to be finalised, the tenor of negotiations with ERCS gives us confidence that a final agreement satisfactory to both Tuart Place and ERCS will be signed, ensuring that the good work of Tuart Place at 24 High Street will continue.
We would like to thank ERCS for their offer to work collaboratively with Tuart Place to secure a beneficial outcome.
We also thank the many participants, colleagues, board members, staff, and community members who supported the Save Tuart Place campaign. We extend special thanks to our three Patrons – Senator Dean Smith, former Senator Rachel Siewert, and respected Noongar Elder Dr Robert Isaacs OAM – along with prominent supporters Hon Simone McGurk MLA, Hon Dave Kelly MLA, Hon Katrina Stratton MLA, and Fremantle Mayor Hannah Fitzhardinge.
We look forward to reporting on the finalisation of the matter before long.
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