About Us

Serving The Community for over 30 years

The Ottey Centre is a vibrant, inclusive and friendly environment where people are welcome, feel they belong, and which reflects and meets our local community’s needs.

We are committed to providing services and activities that meet the needs of our community members from South Lake and the surrounding suburbs.

We provide information and referrals, advocacy, emergency relief, and food relief, along with a diverse range of activities for families, individuals and community groups.

Our centre stands since 1990. Opened by the City of Cockburn, originally known as “Bert Ottey Complex – South Lake Child Care Centre”, named after Bert Ottey.

Sgt. OTTEY, Albert Joseph |
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Who Was Bert Ottey?

‘Bert’ was born Albert Joseph Ottey, 1913, in the smallwheatbelt town of Yoting, WA. Growing up in SouthFremantle, Bert later moved to Hamilton Hill where he met and married his wife (Ivy Winfield).

In 1936 he commenced work at the Fremantle Roads Board, where, for eight years he operated an Ansaldo Dozer/Loader.

During WWII Bert served in the Royal Australian Air Force. During this war, Bert’s personal truck was loaned to the Roads Board to assist in building local roads.

Why Was The Ottey Center, Named After Bert?

Bert worked almost exclusively at the Fremantle Roads Board/Cockburn Council. He was well respected and heavily involved in the development of Bibra Lake as a parkland.

Acknowledged for being the longest serving employee, his last position at the City of Cockburn was Senior Health and Building Inspector.

In recognition of his service, the ‘Bert Ottey Complex – South Lake Child Care Centre’ was named in his honour in 1990.

‘Bert Ottey’ died in 1995, but his legacy lives on in the ‘Ottey Centre’.


Merrilyn Grant


Fiona Grant

Community Development Officer

Amanda Wright

Administration Officer


Our Objectives

Provide an accessible and safe environment for the use of local community and others.
Provide access to advice and information for all sections of the community.
Provide excellent services to users.
Enable a range of social, welfare, educational, training, development and health activities to take place at the Centre
Focus on “best practice” volunteering.
Be financially sustainable and continue to strengthen the management of the Centre.
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