Damage to our head office and community hub

14 Mar, 2022

Flood inundation has ruined our home

Along with so many other businesses and homes, our head office and community hub in Lismore was inundated by recent flooding.

Damage to our downstairs level was extensive, even though we had a disaster management plan in place and were able to get all our furniture to higher ground the day before the flooding. Our walls, flooring, cupboards and reception areas have all had to be demolished.

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The outside of our damaged premises. The 1974 flood level is marked on the telegraph pole, a level that was exceeded by 2m this month.

As part of our disaster management plan, we had previously acquired a shop front and warehouse at 10 Centenary Drive, Goonellabah, ready to go. This has enabled us to continue delivering our services, which are in greater demand right now more than ever before.

In the last flooding event of 2017, we were insured against flood which allowed us to rebuild. But we have been unable to reacquire any insurance since.

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Flood damage to our reception area, counselling rooms, walls and roof.

Many other people in the Lismore community, including some of our own staff, have lost their homes and businesses. It is a daunting task for us all to rebuild. We stand with our local communities in working together to meet this challenge.

If you require trauma counselling, homelessness support, emergency relief, no-interest loans, parenting programs or childcare services, call us on 02 6621 7397 or email hub@nrcg.org.au.

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Flood damage to our front entrance and reception area.

 

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Flood damage to our community rooms, which were accessed in the past by a wide range of community groups and organisations.

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We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work and meet, and offer our respect to their elders, past, present and future.

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