Tanya and Nathan Stanborough are moving to Kyogle after searching for six months to find a rental property around Lismore.
Tanya and Nathan Stanborough are moving to Kyogle after searching for six months to find a rental property around Lismore. Cathy Adams

Homeless family of six moving to Kyogle

A GOONELLABAH family of six who were left homeless on Monday will move into temporary accommodation on Saturday at Kyogle.

After living in the same Goonellabah rental property for seven years, Tanya and Nathan Stanborough were given an eviction notice last November and their six month search of about 100 properties failed to find the family a new home.

“We have got a temporary place for now...we’ve got a friend who has got a house at Kyogle that she is going to sell that we can live in but its not going to be long-term,” Mrs Stanborough said.

“She hasn’t put it on the market yet, but we know she wants to sell it so it won’t be long-term.

“It’s a three bedroom, 1950’s style, weatherboard home.

“It’s a 40 minute drive to our business at Goonellabah but we don’t have much choice...at least it’s a roof over our heads.”

Having forked-out more than $800 for two rooms in a motel until Friday, Mrs Stanborough said having a house to live in will ease the financial burden on the Goonellabah business owners.

“At least we won’t be paying for a motel now and we won’t be paying someone else’s mortgage off,” she said.

“It makes us feel a bit better, but it still shouldn’t have got to a point where we had to move our family into a motel because the rental market is that tight.”

Yesterday the Real Estate Institute of NSW released the residential vacancy rates for April which saw only 1.4% of rentals vacant on the Northern Rivers, compared to 1.7% in Sydney.

“We need more rental properties in the region and they shouldn’t all be rented out to uni students,” Mrs Stanborough said.

The Kyogle home isn’t the only option for the Stanborough family, who have four kids between 14 and four, three of who have moderate to severe special needs.

“We were offered another two places today that we have to go and look at, one at Alstonville and one just out of Nimbin,” Mrs Stanborough said.

“They said give us a call if you get stuck.”

After posting about the family’s situation on Facebook several times, Mrs Stanborough said it wasn’t until Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell shared one of her posts that their situation attracted media attention.

“As soon as you tag Jenny on Facebook everything goes off, and as soon as she saw my post she shared it,” she said.

“We got a lot of sympathy more than anything else on Facebook and people saying they had rooms in houses we could rent but we didn’t want to rent a few rooms, we wanted a whole house.”



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