A short half-hour drive from Coffs Harbour, Glenreagh is a small town in the north-east of New South Wales. Glenreagh and the neighbouring town of Nana Glen (famous for being the former home of actor Russell Crowe) were early victims of the 2020 bushfire season and were evacuated in November.
Unfortunately for Dane Armstrong, that evacuation came at a cost. That was Dane’s family residence, which consisted of two caravans on a block of land in Nana Glen. This loss left Dane, his partner, and his three children homeless, relying on the support of their local community — with no insurance to his place of residence.
Dane felt overjoyed when a man from Sydney offered them a demountable house to call their own. “We’ve never owned our own house, so this is an amazing opportunity.” However, just having the house itself was only the beginning of the project. Acting as the project manager and main builder, Dane started the arduous work of installing the building onto his new address. He organised a crane to place the building, dug sewage trenches, and started buying some initial supplies from his local Reece store.
But Dane was still struggling to find enough money and resources to complete the job. With some urging from the Reece team, he applied for and was awarded a Reece Grant. With that funding, Dane was able to purchase a hot water unit, gas fittings, bath, shower and most importantly, be connected to a licensed plumbing company, Coffs Coast Plumbing, for the install and plumbing works. “The community helped us as much as they could, but this was a real demonstration of a local Aussie company willing to help those in need.” Dane and his whole family now have a bathroom, and a freestanding home, for the first time.