The Warrnambool Lookout residential rehabilitation campaign continues to make strong headway.

WRAD Director Geoff Soma said there had been several very positive developments at the end of 2017 and the momentum was continuing into 2018.

“Community momentum has continued after the Christmas break and we’re looking forward to some positive developments in the short term,” Mr Soma said.

The Lookout proposal is currently being considered by the State Government’s Department of Health and Human Services.

Donations now stand at $555,000 and the appeal is ongoing. It has been boosted recently by the Warrnambool and District Historical Car Club’s vintage car display on January 14, and donations from five local Rotary clubs.

A Christmas donation from a local embroidery group, Probus club support, monies from donation tins and a donation from the Warrnambool Motorcycle club have demonstrated ground level community support. Warrnambool College Belfast House has also announced that it will raise funds for the Lookout throughout 2018.

Mr Soma said that it was also significant that Western Victoria MP James Purcell had thrown his support behind the project.

The success to date has prompted further investment in the Lookout and a number of major fund-raisers being planned throughout 2018, including an auction by Callaghan Motors planned in March.

“We’re looking forward to some positive developments this year,” Mr Soma said.

WRAD has committed $600,000 to the new centre and is continuing its community appeal.

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