Historic museum opened

At Watts Cottage are (front l-r) Dorothy Watts, chair of the regional board of the House With No Steps Bill Buddee, Member for Ballina Don Page and acting Ballina mayor David Wright with (rear l-r) HWNS regional general manager Brett Lacey, HWNS CEO Andrew Richardson and Lismore mayor Merv King.

Dorothy Watts opened the Watts Cottage Historic Museum for the House With No Steps in Alstonville last Friday.

Dorothy and her late husband Lionel founded the House With No Steps organisation in 1962 and in 1972 opened the Summerland arm, which employed eight people with disabilities.

The House With No Steps Northern NSW Region employs more than 80 people with disabilities, with avocado and macadamia farms forming the backbone of the businesses.

The Watts Cottage showcases the history of the House With No Steps.

Lionel would be looking down from wherever he is and be very very proud, Mrs Watts said. He used to say make no little plans, just big plans and aim high and work hard and although hes gone, his work is still growing and thats what the House With No Steps is all about.


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