In 1983, a public meeting was held to obtain facilities for children with physical disabilities in Bunbury. Letters and a survey indicated that adults with physical disabilities required services.
In 1984, a Day Centre for people with physical disabilities began in a building behind St Patrick's Cathedral. This service was run by volunteers and opened two days per week.
From the steering committee came an Incorporated body - The South West Association for the Physically Handicapped (SWAPH).
The Committee was successful in obtaining Home and Community Care funding (HACC) in 1986, and the Morrissey family residence was leased from the Bunbury City Council.
The group continued to grow and develop, between the years of 1986 - 1991 at the "Morrissey Homestead" until the old homestead, too small for its new purpose and requiring major maintenance work together with the discovery of white ants, was demolished and a purpose built Centre was erected alongside the old homestead.
Major fundraising for the building came from the Lotteries Commission of Western Australia, Home and Community Care, community groups and the generous people of the South West.