The Inaugural meeting of the Stradbroke Island Housing Society was held on the 2 August 1973 at the Dunwich Public Hall. Aunty Florence Coolwell was the first President and Aunty Ailsa Perry was elected as the Treasurer.
Formation meeting of the North Stradbroke Island Aboriginal and Islanders Housing Co-operative Society Ltd (‘NSI Housing Co-op’) was held on the 5 November 1979 at the Dunwich Public Hall. Aunty Kath Walker was elected as President and Aunty Ailsa Perry as the Treasurer.
On 8 September 1980, the NSI Housing Co-op was incorporated under the Queensland Co-operative and other Societies Act 1967-1978. It was later registered under the Co-operatives Act 1997 (Qld) on 4 December 1997.
Meetings were held in the Dunwich Scouts Hall or private homes until the purchase of our office at 18 Welsby Street, Dunwich on the 14 December 1984.
Today, the NSI Housing Co-op own many properties including:
- Tenanted houses in the Dunwich community;
- Myora Caravan Park (143-145 Dickson Way, Dunwich);
- Minjerriba Respite Centre (25 Bingle Road, Dunwich);
- Nareeba Moopi Moopi Pa Aged Care Hostel (28 Dickson Way, Dunwich); and
- The Old TAFE (location of Horizon Office, Yulu-Burri-Ba Men’s Shed).
Nareeba Moopi Moopi Pa Aged Care Hostel was established in June 1994 and was situated at 24 Dickson Way, Dunwich as a four-bed residential aged care accommodation. In July 2004, a new 14 bed aged care facility was constructed at 28 Dickson Way, Dunwich where Nareeba Moopi Moopi Pa Aged Care Hostel is situated today.
Minjerriba Respite Centre started operating in June 1994 at 24 Dickson Way, Dunwich using part of NMMP’s Aged Care building to deliver services to Respite clients before they relocated to 25 Bingle Road, Dunwich in January 1997.
Myora Caravan Park was purchased in January 1994 and has a total of 36 sites. Six of these sites, including the Manager’s quarters is owned by the Housing Co-op and the rest are privately owned.