Mulgum House stand-off continues

Len Harper, 85, has lived at Mulgum House since it opened in 1996. He has collected over 300 signatures from Nimbin residents asking for the NSW Government to provide funding so Mulgum House can take in new residents.

Mulgum Houses unofficial fourth resident, Wendy Kay, is continuing her live-in at Nimbins aged care hostel while health and housing authorities decide what to do with the fiesty pensioner.

The 73-year-old, a previous resident at Mulgum House, moved back into one of the facilitys seven empty rooms last week without permission from managers Anglicare North Coast, who threatened to have her removed, although no action has been taken.

Im very happy here, Ms Kay said. I am hoping they might just let me stay well just have to see what happens.

Meanwhile, her protest has prompted a groundswell of support in Nimbin, with many in the community concerned that Anglicare North Coast, who deemed Mulgum House financially unsustainable, are waiting for the current residents to die so they can close the facility.

One resident, 85-year-old Len Harper, recently organised a petition asking for the NSW Government to provide funding so Mulgum House can take in new residents. It was signed by 305 Nimbin residents.

Despite repeated requests, Anglicare North Coast declined to comment.


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