Mission Australia receives $162,650 State Government Infrastructure grant to fit-out new centre

Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh at the Mission Australia Centre announcement with Lipman Project Manager Mike Zucker and Mission Australia Regional Manager for Housing Charoah Evans.

 

ON Monday August 2, Member for Coffs Harbour Mr Gurmesh Singh congratulated Mission Australia on winning $162,650 in State Government funding to assist in the fit-out of the new Mission Australia Centre currently under construction in Duke Street.

The centre comprises two buildings, a purpose designed four story residential building with 40 one-bedroom self-contained units and supporting communal and garden spaces, and an office centre to house the organisation’s staff and provide support services for the homeless.

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Project Manager for builders Lipman Pty Ltd Mr Mike Zucker advised News Of The Area that, “The accommodation building is designed specifically to cater to both young and older people in the same facility but still allowing them separation and catering to their differing needs.

“Our work is progressing well despite constraints and pandemic restrictions, and we are moving on to roofing and cladding, and then the fit-out, and we are pushing to be completed by the end of the year.”

Mission Australia Regional Manager for Housing Charoah Evans said, “This Centre is part of our continued commitment to help end homelessness and ensure people and communities across the Mid North Coast can thrive, the Mission Australia Centre is a purpose-built community hub.

“It will be an inclusive, vibrant centre offering a range of tailored community services designed to address the needs of the local community.”

The centre fit-out will include workshops areas, consultation rooms, culturally sensitive spaces and artefacts, and space for community activities, and has been informed by community feedback regarding what is required.

Mr Singh stated that Mission Australia’s commitment and ongoing work was more important than ever in the current housing situation, and that he was pleased that the funds from the State Governments Infrastructure Grants Program would go to assisting in the provision of essential local community infrastructure and services.

 

By David TUNE

 

Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh at the Mission Australia Centre announcement with Lipman Project Manager Mike Zucker and Mission Australia Regional Manager for Housing Charoah Evans. Photo: David Tune.

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