About Us

History

Like a phoenix rising from its ashes the Ganalili Centre has risen from the Victoria Hotel; bringing hope, employment and life back to Roebourne.

 

1 January 1866
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1914
1925 -1951
1953
1965
1967
1993
1994
Late 1990's
2013
The public license granted to Simeon Müller under the name Victoria Hotel was the first to be issued in the North West
The Hotel was licensed to Charles Zeddi
John Spencer was the proprietor of the Hotel. With Spencer at the helm, the hotel underwent renovations.
Margaret Porter was the licensee
The license was transferred to .Margaret Porter's new husband, Victor Suhard
A cyclone caused major damage to the hotel in 1925, however, renovations were not carried out until 1947. A building permit followed on 11 May 1951, to erect timber-framed bedrooms for staff.
Stan Ball took over the hotel’s license in 1953,
Max McKay purchased hotel from Stan and his wife Jean. In 1966, the McKays built the first block of motel units north of Carnarvon, in order to service the hoards of new workers in the region. The verandahs were not enclosed when the McKays bought the hotel.
The 1967 Referendum that granted automatic citizenship rights to Aboriginal people were commonly referred to as ‘drinking rights’ because Aboriginal people were permitted to drink in pubs. This had devastating consequences for the community, with alcoholism causing the breakdown of families and increasing abuse and violence.
By 1993 Danny Vacca and Libby Bridge were the managers of the now infamous Victoria Hotel. Name change to Mt Welcome Motel. They engaged two local Aboriginal men, Anthony Hicks (Noonie) and Patrick Boonga to decorate the outside wall of the hotel/motel area with a mural of Aboriginal scenes and stories. This mural remains today.
The Victoria Hotel agreed, along with other liquor outlets, to cut morning trading hours as part of a campaign to cut alcohol consumption.
The hotel’s doors for good after more than 100 years of trading.
In 2013, Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (YAC) purchased the Victoria Hotel. In partnership with local and state economic development groups, YAC hope to return this iconic building to its former glory and transform it into a cultural and commercial hub.

Our Tenants

Provide office space to the following organisations who support the community

 

Attending school every day is important for every child.

We support children (and their families) to get them there.

The Remote School Attendance Strategy (RSAS) is an Australian government initiative that involves working with schools, families, parents and community organisations to ensure all children go to school every day.

Every day counts.

REFAP runs the RSAS program in Roebourne. School attendance team members work with schools to help parents and families make sure children can go to school.

McKillop Family Services

We provide intensive family support to families with children within the region, working in collaboration with other service providers within the community to support and maintain a positive and safe environment for all children to grow.

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Mission Australia

Mission Australia is a National Christian charity that has been helping vulnerable Australian move towards independence for 16 0years. Every day we support people by combatting homelessness, assisting disadvantaged families and children, addressing mental health issues, fighting substance dependencies, and much more.

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Library

The Library at Roebourne has relocated to be in the Ganalili Centre. The Library is staffed by  City of Karratha Library and Ganalili Staff.

Ph: 08 9186 8030

Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Have an event coming up? Book the Conference Room

Our conference room can seat up to 40 people and is perfect for employee training, private functions and meetings. With wi-fi connection, overhead projector and screen  included we can meet your needs.

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