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Meet The Committee

Project Officer

Helen Morton

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I joined the project Staying in Place of which The Village is a key part, after retiring from politics 5 years ago. I now live in Pingelly/Wandering. 


The Commonwealth Department of Social Services has provided pilot funding and as a member of the committee, I am keen to bring this project to fruition.

People in rural and remote communities do not want to leave their home or their community as they age. 

University of Western
Australia  Representative

Professor Loretta Baldassar

I am Professor Loretta Baldassar, Director of the UWA Social Care and Ageing (SAGE) Lab.

I am delighted to be involved in the Pingelly Village Hub because the SAGE Lab is committed to supporting community initiatives that facilitate social engagement and inclusion, particularly for older people.


Without adequate social support networks we are at greater risk of poor health outcomes, especially as we age. The Pingelly Village Hub is an exciting initiative and the SAGE Lab is committed to supporting its development.

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Concierge Team Member

Lee Steel


Lee is currently the Manager of the Pingelly CRC and holds the executive role of treasurer for the PSA. 


Lee is an experienced executive with high level, multidisciplinary knowledge, who is committed to good governance.

Lee has been an active member of the PSA for over 7 years and is committed to the PSA’s goal to allow all to age in place, in the community that you call home.

Concierge Team Member

Kaye Watts

Kaye has had a long term commitment to helping people stay living at home as they grow older.


For 12 years, Kaye was chairperson of the Cottage Homes which then became the Pingelly Somerset Alliance Inc. She was also the manager of the Pingelly General Practice. 

Kaye was a farmer in Wandering, retired to live in Pingelly and wants to stay here with her husband for the rest of their lives.

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