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Janelle Saffin MP State Member for Lismore

I commend Momentum Collective on its successful fundraising campaign to keep open the doors at the Women’s and Children’s Refuge in Ballina, providing crucial support for women experiencing domestic violence and coercive behaviour on a daily basis. I also strongly supported Momentum Collective’s tender to build new affordable and social housing in Lismore under the NSW Government’s Community Housing Innovation Fund. Momentum Collective’s team has briefed me on their plans to develop land they own in Uralba Street, Lismore, to deliver six new units of accommodation (1x1 bedroom with full disability access and 5x2 bedroom units). I wish your organisation continued success in the coming year.

Our local communities in Lismore and across the Northern Rivers face an acute housing crisis with an urgent need to build more affordable and social housing stock. Extremely low residential vacancy rates, which are at an all-time low, are further compounding this issue. Momentum Collective has a proven track record of taking a direct approach to tackling homelessness and providing people with secure accommodation, from which they can live and thrive. We have a shared passion for finding practical solutions to homelessness. I have been working closely with Momentum to lobby State and Federal governments to invest more funding in new affordable and social housing. The message I have been repeating is that the more people we can house, the better for our society, and the better for our local and regional economies.

I commend Momentum Collective on its successful fundraising campaign to keep open the doors at the Women’s and Children’s Refuge in Ballina…

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