Expansion needed at House With No Steps

BRETT LACEY wants to expand his business so he can give more people with disabilities a chance to use their skills and mix with the community.

The general manager of nonprofit organisation Summerland House With No Steps ? in Alstonville ? said the centre employed more than 60 people with disabilities.

The people range in age from 17-40.

"At the moment we have about 40 people wanting to work for us, but we need the community's support so we can expand," he said.

Mr Lacey said Summerland House was on 69ha, which includes 6000 macadamia and 3000 avocado trees, a central fruit picking shed, a central dehusking shed, and a carton constructing shed.

"Tourism is also a major income stream, underpinned by a restaurant, gift shop, retail nursery and landscaped grounds," Mr Lacey said.

"We're looking for the community to support us by coming out to Summerland House and taking a look around."

He said the employment of people with disabilities helped them to use their skills and become a part of the community.

"For the 40 people who we can't afford to employ, they're sitting at home and the skills they have will regress if they're not in use," Mr Lacey said.

He said the organisation planned to build a conference facility that would employ up to another 10 staff.

"We're also looking at building a vintage car museum that will include the history and development of transport in this region," he said.

To find out more about Summerland House With No Steps, or book a table at the restaurant, contact: 6628 0610.

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