An auction for the proposed Lookout Residential Rehabilitation Centre has doubled expectations, raising more than $24,000.

The auction of office furniture, tools, car signs and other memorabilia at the former Callaghan motors site in Warrnambool attracted more than 100 bidders.

Top bids were $6100 for a compressor, $3750 for a car sign, $1250 for a 5 per cent share of a racehorse and $410 for a lollie dispenser.

The $24,000 pushes the Lookout appeal tally above $590,000 but WRAD director Geoff Soma said more fund raising was needed.

“The response to the auction far exceeded expectations but we need to continue raising funds to prove to the government that our community is behind the residential rehabilitation centre,” Mr Soma said.

Mr Soma said the response exceeded expectations. “We had hoped to get at least $10,000 so we were absolutely delighted to generate so much interest and so many bidders,” he said.

“Yet again the Warrnambool community has rallied to support a good cause.”

Callaghan Motors dealer principal Steve Callaghan said the company had been pleased to support the Lookout campaign.

“The rehabilitation centre is desperately needed in our community and we are happy we dedicates all the proceeds of the sale to the appeal and grateful for the community support,” Mr Callaghan said.

Auctioneer Bruce Ludeman said bidding had been spirited, especially for the compressor and large car sign.

The auction also featured car display stands and posters, sliding and gaslift chairs, storage cabinets, desks and filing cabinets, industrial vacuum cleaner, fridges, coffee machine, and an array of tools, mag wheels, bearing press, two large work compressors, car ramps, 10-tonne floor trolley jack, metal tool trolleys, air hose reels and fire extinguishers.

The Lookout residential rehabilitation appeal is continuing. WRAD has also committed $600,000 to the new centre.

The community can continue to support the appeal with 100 collection tins throughout Warrnambool, or by directly donating at the ANZ Bank or through the WRAD website www.wrad.org.au