Rocky Bay officially launched the organisation’s first regional hub in Geraldton on Thursday 11 March, which will see the delivery of therapy services, support coordination and accessible home development to the greater Mid-West.
The launch was attended by 60 guests, including Rocky Bay CEO, Michael Tait, Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn, and members of the local community.
Rocky Bay’s first regional hub will offer physiotherapy, speech pathology and occupational therapy services, as well as NDIS Support Coordination, and the development of specialist disability accommodation (SDA) through new brand, SHIFT Accessible Homes, a Rocky Bay owned company.
Guests had the opportunity to explore the new hub and learn more about Rocky Bay’s services, including interacting with assistive technology such as Google Home, switch toys and Milo, the therapy robot, as well as to find out more about SHIFT and the new accessible home being developed in the area.
Rocky Bay CEO, Michael Tait, said the opening of Rocky Bay’s Geraldton hub builds upon the organisation’s network of ten metropolitan hubs, and will guarantee that high quality support is accessible to people of all abilities in, and around, Geraldton.
“There is such great demand for providers in regional areas like Geraldton, and we are very excited and proud to offer services to the Geraldton community, with the skills, resourcing and backing of our Perth teams and the expertise of our allied health professionals,” Mr Tait said.
“Although we have been operating therapy and equipment provision in regional and remote WA for decades, this is our first opportunity to be actually based in a regional location and provide services delivered locally, and we commence this initiative today in one of WA’s most significant regional centres and the beautiful city of Geraldton.
“Our vision is to ensure that local people have access to the best possible services in their community and empower people living with disability.”
Mr Tait said that SHIFT Accessible Homes will have a presence in Geraldton with the organisation purchasing their first site for an SDA development on Durlacher Street, and will work collaboratively with customers and the community to build homes that suit individual needs and requirements of accessibility and usability.
“The City of Geraldton is an advocate for the sector and disability inclusion and have been very supportive of Rocky Bay joining the community as one of the State’s leading disability service providers,” Mr Tait said.
“We are really excited to be in Geraldton and I can’t wait to begin the next chapter of our history in this wonderful community.”
For more information about the services available at the new Geraldton hub located at 148 Durlacher Street, call 1800 570 525 or email [email protected].