Our History


In 1980 the combined Towns of Cottesloe, Claremont, Mosman Park and the Shire of Peppermint Grove established an aged support service known as the Cottesloe Aged Persons Trust. By 1981 the Combined Councils were removed from the group and a new service, The Aged Persons Support Service Inc (TAPSS), was developed.

In 1984, The Aged Persons Support Service Inc (TAPSS) was primarily a volunteer organisation and it was not until 1986 that it engaged its first employee, a part time Home Visit Coordinator. In 1992 staff numbers increased as a result of Home and Community Care (HACC) funding for a Day Centre, along with an extension to the existing building that was finished in 2000.

In 2006, The Aged Persons Support Service Inc (TAPSS) changed its name to TAPSS Community Care (Inc) to give a more contemporary feel, and to reflect their wide range of clients that included adults of any age with a disability.

In 2014, the trading name was changed to Shine Community Services to better reflect the desire to help people, regardless of age or disability; to encourage people to be their best, as part of our community.

In 2021, Shine was acquired by Curtin Heritage Living, another local community-based provider of aged care services.

Our Home

Shine is situated in the original Cottesloe Post Office and Telephone Exchange, and the building still stays true to the original Victorian-Georgian style that was fashionable at the time of its construction.

Tender for construction was called on the 15th October 1897 and the tender for 1,190 pounds and nineteen shillings, (approx. $2,380), was let to Leggo and Claque on 25th November 1897 for completion by 25th April 1898 (5 months).

Cottesloe Post Office and Telephone exchange was the first in the area and only the third in the metropolitan area. In 1930 Cottesloe telephone exchange became automatic and was only the second automatic exchange in Western Australia.

The building was eventually sold in 1982 to the Town of Cottesloe and in 1984 the building was converted for community use.

The building was renovated in 1985 to be used jointly by The Aged Persons Support Service Inc (now Shine) and as a child health clinic.

Now the building is exclusively home to Shine and Shine clients. Some of the heritage charm, such internal walls, ceilings and fireplaces can still be enjoyed by the community when visiting the Shine day centre