SETTLED IN: Warren McDonald in his Goonellabah rental property provided by the National Rental Affordability Scheme and UnitingCare Ageing.
SETTLED IN: Warren McDonald in his Goonellabah rental property provided by the National Rental Affordability Scheme and UnitingCare Ageing. Patrick Gorbunovs

Retired farmer settling into new facility

WARREN McDonald couldn't be happier with his retirement accommodation at the UnitingCare Ageing Caroona community in Goonellabah.

The retired farmer from Iluka says that its National Rental Affordability Scheme development, which created six new affordable rental dwellings, is comfortable and spacious.

"You'd be pleased to get this in any situation," he said.

Mr McDonald moved into his two-bedroom unit on October 5 last year, with the assistance of the NRAS scheme, which supports financially vulnerable seniors with community housing options.

Under the scheme Unit- ingCare Ageing was offered financial incentives to build six two-bedroom units, in addition to its existing Caroona Village complex of 53 units in Goonellabah.

Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell and Federal Member for Page Janelle Saffin attended a celebratory morning tea on Wednesday at Caroona Village in honour of the completed development.

Cr Dowell said that one of people's most important needs was knowing whether they were going to have a roof over their heads.

"We owe it to our residents that they are living in safe, secure and affordable accommodation," she said. "As the population ages, there's a need in Lismore to have one- or two-bedroom units. Six units doesn't sound like much, but it makes a difference."

Ms Saffin said the NRAS would deliver 82 more afford- able dwellings in the region.

"With social housing, that's a $34 million investment in our region.

"That's important for our community."



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