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About Us
Our Mission

Our aim is to target low income earners, families and the general community, offering them low cost courses for enhanced life skills. Participants gain interaction with others, increased self-esteem, employment prospects, new perspective on health issues, positive parenting skills, community awareness, networks, and referral to other services, to cater to their specific needs.

Community Centres act as a "stepping stone" for people in the Community, whereby even stepping through the front door could be a major breakthrough for them. As time passes confidence is gained and perhaps their next step is to go to TAFE, join a Recreational Facility or Group, or further their artisitic talents, by going to the Arts Centre. We feel delighted when these new friends achieve their goal and move on with their lives.

That is our Mission and Purpose - to bring people of all ages, nationalities and cultures together to enhance their lives.

History of Centre: opened in July 1991; building funded by the State Government.
History of Name: The centre is named after Frank Konecny, whose history is sketched below.
Staff: Centre Coordinator & a Family Support Coordinator.
Operating Funding: Funds come from the Department of Local Government & Communities.

History of Frank Konecny

Frank came to Australia after fighting a struggle for freedom in Austria, during World War II. He believed in “standing up and being counted”. For being a member of the resistance movement during the Nazi domination of Austria, including leader of a forbidden Catholic youth group (as was his fiancee Maria), he was imprisoned for a year in a Gestapo prison, and was then sent to the Russian frontline.

Frank had a background as a tailor in Europe, including a Masters Degree in Tailoring, but dreamt of a peaceful country, a “sunburnt country”, for his wife Maria, son Bernhard and daughter Brigitta.

Once in Australia (1955), he tried his hand at various jobs, but decided to take his family to the “blue asbestos town of Wittenoom”. Frank became a mine worker to support his family, but after his experiences in Europe, felt impelled to spend his free time helping and supporting others. He was also influenced by his religious beliefs to strive for social justice and the betterment of mankind.

He formed the Wittenoom Committee of the Australian Worker's Union, and became its President. The Committee achieved many benefits for mine workers and Shire employees, and spearheaded many issues for the good of the Trade Union movement.

His style was conciliation rather than confrontation. His stature led to his election as a councillor of Tableland Shire.

When the Wittenoom mine was closed in 1966 Frank took work at Alcoa, and the Konecny family (which now included son Michael, born in 1963), moved to Kwinana. Here he became a Councillor in 1976, Deputy Mayor and finally Mayor, in 1985. Again he was a member of the Australian Workers Union Committee, and stayed the course for 20 years, until his retirement.

Frank was awarded Kwinana's Citizen of the Year in 1988; Life Membership of the Australian Labour Party in 1989; and a Meritorious Service Award for outstanding service to Local Government.

It was said of Frank that “He was a good man”. He died of Industrial Disease in October, 1989.

Frank Konecny Community Centre