The construction of RFW’s new Centre for Child Health and Learning has finally commenced. My thanks to the local community for your support.

An important element of our project has been to help residents living in RFW’s old nurse’s quarters, the Elsie Hill building, to find alternative accommodation, and we have been diligently working with several local charities over the past 12 months to make this transition as smooth as possible.

I am pleased to report that all of the 10 students and travellers staying in Elsie Hill have found new digs and at the time of writing this letter, only two residents remained in need of new accommodation. We continue to work with these tenants to support their transition.

In working with our tenants, we have seen firsthand the difficulty of not having sufficient social housing options in Manly, and we are pleased to have been able to provide housing support for several years while we had the opportunity. There is no question that supported housing is an issue that we, as a community, need to continue to champion.

The new RFW Centre for Country Kids will support up to 15,000 children and families each year, helping each child to reach their full potential. We are proud that Manly will be home to such an innovative and important facility.

Yours sincerely

Lindsay Cane


Royal Far West

This coming week (commencing 30 Monday January), the site establishment and early works program will include:

  • Continued saw-cut & demolition of the concrete strip east of the Elsie Hill Building

  • Excavation & relocation of existing services from the Wentworth St car park

  • Perimeter scaffolding around the south, west and north sides of the Elsie Hill Building.

If you have any questions, please contact Royal Far West via email on redevelopment@royalfarwest.org.au