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Laurel Lodge’s 12 refurbished fit-for-purpose homes are in the former Lismore Base Hospital accommodation.

North Coast Community Housing (NCCH) has officially opened 12 refurbished fit-for-purpose homes in the former Lismore Base Hospital accommodation known as Laurel Lodge.

North Coast Community Housing (NCCH), is a not-for-profit organisation, has been providing community housing and support services in northern NSW since 1984.

The units have refurbished kitchens, new floors, interior and exterior paint, balconies repaired and painted – all done by local contractors. Photo supplied.

Each unit has been refurbished with a new kitchen and new paint and flooring throughout, ready to house those most in need in Lismore.

Janelle Saffin at the offical reopening of Laurel Lodge.

The property was formally owned by the Northern NSW Health District and it was brought to Janelle Saffin MP’s attention in November last year that it was going to be put up for sale on the private market.

Ms Saffin lobbied Minister for Health Brad Hazzard and Minister for Property & Housing, Melinda Pavey, and the then Minister for Families & Communities, Gareth Ward, for the units to be transferred to a social housing provider.

A mural on the property was painted by Paul Phillips from the Buttery with his Youth Group. Photo supplied.

The NSW Government transferred Laurel Lodge to NCCH in August 2021 and the refurb began.

The proceeds of the sale have gone towards equipment upgrades to clinical services for Lismore Base Hospital, including the cardiac catheter laboratory

The NCCH utilised remaining 2017 flood funding over $600,000 to refurbish units with work done by local contractors.

The units are also ideally located for tenants to access healthcare services, public transport, shops and the Lismore CBD.

Lismore community Elder Mick Roberts during his Welcome to Country. Photo supplied.

NCCH manages 1,000 social and housing properties

NCCH CEO, John McKenna said the NCCH manages close to 1,000 social and affordable housing properties from our offices in Lismore, Grafton and Tweed Heads. ‘We believe that everyone has the right to live in safe, comfortable and affordable housing.

‘We are passionate about our role as the gateway for people who are most vulnerable and in need of our help.’

NCCH will house vulnerable people in need from Lismore including single older women, single mothers, people who have experienced DV and NCCH Together Home Clients.

For more information, visit: www.ncch.org.au.

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