The Mullumbimby War Widow’s Cottage and the Brunswick Heads CWA Hall will undergo significant refurbishments to bring them up to date with the support of the NSW Government.

Nationals Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin today announced $197,716 in funding to upgrade the Mullumbimby War Widow’s Cottage and $66,060 to refurbish the Brunswick Heads CWA Hall.

Mr Franklin said the War Widow’s Cottage and the CWA Hall are important assets for the community.

“The Mullumbimby War Widow’s Cottage is one of the homes of the Byron Youth Service, which delivers vital support and life-skills programs for many at-risk teenagers from the Mullumbimby region,” Mr Franklin said.

 “While the programs carried out at the Cottage are life changing, the space the BYS staff and programs operate in is subpar. The current training area is too small, there is only one toilet and the laundry tub used for washing up after art and craft is antique.

“This funding will bring the Cottage up to standard so the young people of the region can have a modern, safe space to meet, and a space which they can be proud of.” 

Deb Pearse, youth worker for 19 years at The Cottage in Mullumbimby said she is delighted that the 40 plus young people who use The Cottage each week are being shown that, as a community, we value them and their potential. 

“For a very long time I have dreamt about the refurbishing and extending of what is a very, very old cottage built in a time long past,” Ms Pearse said.   

“I have dreamt of hygienic upgrades and new toilet facilities for the young people to use – no more queuing!  I have also dreamt of a large space (no more sitting on the floor) adequate for the needs of young people and all the activities offered by Byron Youth Service at The Cottage.  On behalf of BYS and the young people – thank you!”

Mr Franklin said the Brunswick Heads CWA Hall which has been an iconic community centre for the Brunswick community for over 60 years will receive $66,060 in funding.

“As the Brunswick Heads CWA Hall has been utilised by the whole community, it is unfortunately being loved to death,” Mr Franklin said.

“The funding announced today will mean the Hall’s leaking roof can be replaced, the storm water drainage can be refurbished and solar hot water, a water tank, and security lights can be installed.”