A $10,000 donation from Warrnambool real estate firm Northeast Stockdale and Leggo has boosted The Lookout appeal and highlighted the need for everyone to have suitable accommodation.

Northeast Stockdale and Leggo director Matt Northeast and his wife Bernadette have made the $10,000 pledge

Mr Northeast said a residential rehabilitation centre was essential to ensure people have access to the right services in the right location.

“This is important to Bernadette and myself personally and professionally,” he said.

“On a personal level we feel that individuals and families experiencing the horror of substance addiction should have local access to services and treatment.

“Like any form of care, it always comes down to access to the right care at the right time in the right place.

“A residential rehab facility is the best way to provide care and successful rehabilitation outcomes and this is what we would like for our community.”

Mr Northeast said that as a real estate agent he had the privilege of helping people to find a home to suit their needs.

“Everyone should have a place to return to at the end of the day, but they don’t,” he said. “Alcohol and drug addiction can be both the result and cause of homelessness but the right care can change this.

“We want to be part of that change in Warrnambool.”

Led by WRAD, which has committed $600,000 to the project, a community appeal has been launched to raise $605,000 for the residential alcohol and other drug centre called ‘The lookout’.