THE One Stop Shop for seniors in Kings Square is the latest service scrambling to find a new home in Freo.
The square is about to undergo a $220 million redevelopment and several organisations based there, including the Citizens Advice Bureau and Bizlink, are looking for new CBD digs.
Retiree Frank O’Neill is a regular at One Stop Shop, a seniors drop-in centre, and says they don’t want to be “shoved away in a dark room in a library”.
“When you retire it can be a lonely place and this centre is invaluable for people who want to come down and have a cup of tea and a chat,” he says.
“But we don’t just sit around and I have done stand-up paddle boarding, laughter yoga and loads of other fun activities. Ideally we want to stay in the CBD and be close to public transport.”
Fremantle council has stepped in to help the cast of Cocoon find a new home and held a meeting with them this week.
The Herald understands that the shopfront beside St Johns Books in Highgate Court, opposite Kings Square, is under consideration.
It is currently being used by Gypsy Tapas for storage and as an overflow, but their lease with the Anglican Church is due to expire.
Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt says they are also considering moving One Stop Shop to the Fremantle Oval/Stan Reilly site, where council staff will be based while Kings Square is redeveloped.
Fremantle Labor MP Simone McGurk came down to offer her support and says the drop-in centre plays an important role for seniors in the community.
by STEPHEN POLLOCK