Vicdeaf Property Update March 2014

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Vicdeaf Property Update March 2014

Vicdeaf Property Update

As I have reported previously, Vicdeaf engaged a consultancy company, Ernst and Young (EY) to review our office needs into the future. This work has been completed and EY has provided us with two reports outlining independent recommendations to the Vicdeaf Board of Directors.

We have carefully considered our needs into the future including the positives and negatives of our Albert Street office, and in particular the feedback we collected from the community, staff and other stakeholders. As a result, the Board agreed that our Albert Street property does not meet our needs into the future so we will continue to work with Ernst and Young to explore our options which include selling Albert St.

This is likely to be a long process and even if we sell Albert St we expect to remain in the building for between two to five more years. If we move, we want to make sure we find the right office to move into, one that will meet as many of our needs as possible. Ideally we would like to stay within five kilometres of the city centre and we intend to invite and encourage those Deaf-specific organisations that are currently tenants in our building to move with us.

We will also invite other similar organisations to think about doing the same, in part to help us create the deaf hub that feedback from the community consultation has highlighted as being important.

We have many important decisions to make and will continue to consult with you along the way including the development of our 2015-20 strategic plan.

This is an exciting time for Vicdeaf, but I know for some of you it may make you feel concerned. Please contact us if you would like to talk about this decision.

Chris Mathieson, CEO Vicdeaf

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