Rocky Bay celebrates 80-year anniversary, Mandurah presence grows

Milestone: Members of the Rocky Bay Mandurah team with Milo - a tool to help children living with autism to develop and practice critical social skills. Photo: Gareth McKnight
Milestone: Members of the Rocky Bay Mandurah team with Milo - a tool to help children living with autism to develop and practice critical social skills. Photo: Gareth McKnight

Disability Service Provider Rocky Bay celebrated its 80-year anniversary of providing assistance to the WA community earlier this month, with the Mandurah team playing an important role in people’s lives.

Established in 1938 to assist children living with the effects of polio, Rocky Bay now offers a variety of services and support to over 3,000 people of all ages living with all disabilities across the state.

Rocky Bay chief executive Michael Tait said the organisation’s purpose was to optimise the quality of life for people living with disability

“As the sector continues to experience uncertainty and change as the National Disability Insurance Scheme is rolled-out across the state, we are certain and steadfast about our future and committed to providing our customers with a stable and trustworthy support network for many years to come,” he said.

“We are focussed on providing our customers with the quality facilities and services and ensuring we look for modern and innovative ways to help them reach their goals and live independent and fulfilling lives.

“Rocky Bay wouldn’t be where it is today without our loyal customers, staff, volunteers, board, partners and supporters, and we thank each and every one for their ongoing support and dedication and helping us to realise our vision.”

Rocky Bay clinical services director Linda Chiu said the organisation’s presence in Mandurah had grown since the early 1990s.

“Our provision has expanded from just dealing with school-age children to delivering a broad range of services to across ages,” she said.

“We are involved in the local community, schools particularly, and anywhere families say they need help.

”We want people to have a fulfilled, functional and independent life in the Mandurah community.”

For more information visit www.rockybay.org.au.