Judith Evill Units sold to Community Gateway

Media release - 18 May 2018

In a win-win for the community, the Judith Evill Units were sold at auction last night for $1.1 million - $100,000 over the reserve Council had set. After strong bidding from four parties Community Gateway were successful in their bid to purchase the Tozer Street property that consists of 12 one-bedroom units.

Community Gateway offers services and support to a wide range of people including aged care services, disability programs and carers support, transport, day activities as well as in-home and community support.

Craig Thompson, CEO of Community Gateway has confirmed that the purchase of the units will allow the company to expand their services in Kempsey and that there are exciting plans for the site.

“The organisation has been providing service to the Macleay community for over 30 years and purchasing these units means we can extend our care packages to residential support and provide other specialist accommodation options,” said Mr Thompson.

Council has considered the future of the Judith Evill Units several times in recent years, seeking independent investigation into the value of the property and feasibility of various operating models, before resolving in February this year to sell the property.

Mayor Liz Campbell believes this week’s sale is a fitting extension to the history of the facility.

“The units were built in the 1970s and have been used as affordable housing for aged and disadvantaged people. It’s fantastic to know that this use will continue through the ownership of Community Gateway.

“A resolution was passed in October 1982 to rename the units the Judith Evill Homes for the Aged, in honour of the community service of former Councillor Judith Evill.

“Reluctant to accept the honour, it actually took until March 2007 before Mrs Evill agreed to the renaming and a plaque in her honour was unveiled by then Mayor Betty Green,” confirmed Cr Campbell.

Council is working with the five tenants currently in the units on transition arrangements.

In the coming financial year Council will conduct a review of Council owned halls and community facilities. The funding from the sale of the Units will be placed in a reserve until that review is finalised and an informed assessment of the highest priority community needs can be made.