Residents at Moree's Moreena Units will soon be cooking up a storm in brand new kitchens with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall announcing a $20,000 grant from the state government on Tuesday to fit out seven of the low-cost affordable homes.
Over the past two years Moreena Units Trust chair Lorraine Bartel has been working with the committee to replace the kitchens which date back to the 1950s.
Back in February, Mr Marshall announced $16,200 for the kitchens in eight of the units, and now a further seven will be upgraded.
Mr Marshall said the refurbishment would help residents retain their independence and feel more at home.
"The Moreena Units are an important in the community, offering affordable housing for Moree's elderly and most vulnerable," Mr Marshall said.
"The buildings have served the community well for nearly 70 years and it's time they received an upgrade with new cupboards, bench tops and sink soon to be installed.
"Last year eight of the units received new kitchens thanks to some funding and I have spoken to residents who live in those homes and they are over the moon with their new facilities."
Mrs Bartel said it's important the elderly had kitchens which are easy for them to get around and maintain.
"Some of our residents struggled to open the old kitchen cupboards and cook a meal in the confined space," she said.
"Since installing the first eight kitchens we have noticed a significant improvement in the wellbeing of those living here with many commenting it feels like they are living in a new home.
"I want to thank Adam for his support in ensuring every one of the units is serviceable and fits the needs of tenants," Mrs Bartel said.
Mr Marshall added that without Moreena Units many older Moree residents would have nowhere to go.
"The people who live at Moreena are independent and capable of looking after themselves and don't need to be put in an aged care home," he said.
"Those who live at Moreena pay minimal rent and don't have to cover the cost of gas and power - that's why there is an extensive waiting list of people wanting to get in.
"The NSW government realises how important these facilities are and has spent $56,000 on improving the units so they continue serving the needs of the community it the future."