8th Feb

Investing in local health; Congress to purchase Memo Club

The Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (Congress) has announced it will purchase the

Memo Club building in Todd Street to bring many of its programs into one location and

embed itself within an emerging health precinct in Alice Springs.

Congress CEO, Ms Donna AhChee said the development at 127 Todd Street, will allow the

Congress client and administrative services divisions to be co-located in an area relevant to

its customers and also its health sector partners.

“Client services will move to the new premises which will include alcohol and other drug

cessation, social and emotional well-being, family support services and our corporate

division,” she said.

“The purchase is to be funded from infrastructure and asset reserves built over time through

conservative and responsible financial management and ensures Congress delivers on the

2015-2018 Strategic Plan of the organisation,” she said.

With a commitment to providing evidence based primary health care in locations most

accessible to clients, earlier this year Congress also opened new clinics at Larapinta and

Sadadeen. An additional clinic is planned for North-Side.

Ms AhChee said modelling shows this acquisition will also result in future cost savings to

Congress through ending four separate commercial leases and removing associated

administrative costs which means we can direct savings into areas of need.

“The benefits however are much greater than cost. This contributes to Congress’ long-term

sustainability, its focus on improving accessibility to community, its closeness to our health

sector partners, meeting future demand for its services and to our mission to improve the

health of Aboriginal people in Central Australia.”

“Our employees are excited by this news and we look forward to making a positive

contribution to our new neighbourhood.”

Ms AhChee said the purchase follows a lengthy search for suitable properties and was

assisted in the sale by professional commercial property negotiators.

“There are a number of conditions of sale, including development consent, but the plan is for

building works will begin in 2017 with construction completed by early 2018,” she said.