Residential units at Yallambee Home for the Aged in Gunnedah have new guttering thanks to assistance by Whitehaven Coal.

The $10,000 guttering refurbishment also included replacement of some structural components which had also suffered water damage.

Yallambee supervisor and committee treasurer Tania Keath said the “unique establishment” has a long history of providing low-cost accommodation for over-55s in Gunnedah.

That care is complemented by a return in support from local businesses and volunteers from throughout the Gunnedah community.

“It is wonderful to have this support,” Mrs Keath said of Whitehaven’s contribution.

Whitehaven’s manager of community investments and partnerships, Jacki Scott, said the company was proud to support the ongoing community efforts of the Yallambee organisation.

The Yallambee story started in 1962 when two groups combined to form the Gunnedah Homes for the Aged Association and he first two Yallambee cottages were built soon after.

Despite ongoing challenges in the decades following, the facility has stood the test of time and is seen as an example of fine community effort. 

It does not qualify for government subsidy and relies on rentals and donations to meet its running costs but without its volunteer base, the whole concept of community homes for the elderly would not exist.

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