Goldfields Women’s Refuge Hope Project


Finlayson House provides crisis accommodation for the most vulnerable people in the Goldfields region.  We assist on average 3,000 women and children every year, a devastating increase from 1,600 in 2019 to more than 2,500 in 2021. The house provides accommodation and care for women and children facing family and domestic violence and/or homelessness. Finlayson House and the support team of workers provide a safe and nurturing environment to allow individuals the time for recovery and support to move forward in their lives.

The refuge currently has 6 bedrooms and one transitional unit, with shared bathrooms, kitchen, and common areas, which can house up to 22 women and children when at capacity, providing 24-hour, 7 day a week safe accommodation, as well as delivering a holistic approach to individuals on a client needs basis.  When we have no room for the homeless, they often sleep rough on the ground or in surrounding gardens and other unsafe places.
Clients often leave domestic violence situations with nothing, often presenting to us with only the clothes on their backs. After initial nurturing and care for clients’ emotional needs, our support workers work with them to start the referrals process to other services such as counselling and housing etc.


The Board of the GWR recognises that sharing rooms is not an ideal situation for women and children who have experienced a traumatic event and, even more so now in response to the current health issues associated with Covid19. It is also recognised that often cultural issues prevent families from sharing, at times reducing the capacity of the house.

Elite Compliance and Zenacon Construction Group have prepared a concept design for 3 x two storey dual key townhouses comprising 3 units downstairs and 3 upstairs, along with 3 locked garages for a new, secure and safe accommodation complex. This will give the refuge a significant increase in occupant capacity and compliance with health, amenity and safety compliance with the Building Code of Australia.
The project received the green light to build 3 x townhouses after securing more than $1.3M in community and grant funding and we are now building a team to execute the delivery of the Hope Project. Further support will enable us to complete the full concept design of 6 townhouses.

Construction is set to commence in June 2023 and hand over is scheduled for December 2023.


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