Port Stephens residents rally for Tomaree Lodge crisis accommodation

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Tomaree Lodge | TRRA

The battle to see the former Tomaree Lodge used to tackle rising rates of homelessness in Port Stephens has intensified today.

Residents gathered outside the disused facility this morning to call on the NSW Government to ease pressure on support services and invest in converting the former disabled care home into short-term accommodation for homeless people.

A roundtable on the crisis in July heard that the number of dual-income Port Stephens families with children becoming homeless was rising rapidly and was a cause for great concern.

Port Stephens MP Kate Washington campaigned in state parliament for the Tomaree Lodge to be used to solve the problem, as it has now been empty for over a year.

Attempts so far have met with roadblocks and red tape at every turn, with the NSW government deeming the site unsuitable due to plumbing issues in the building.

Similar proposals for short-term accommodation have also been put forward for the Stockton Centre.

“We have a housing and homelessness crisis in Port Stephens. The vacant Tomaree Lodge offers a short-term solution, but the heartless Perrottet government doesn’t give a damn,’ Ms Washington said.

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