Lismore women's refuge hoping to remain open

Adams Guise, Greens candidate for Lismore addressing protesters of the women's refuge closure outside Thomas George MP’s office.
Adams Guise, Greens candidate for Lismore addressing protesters of the women's refuge closure outside Thomas George MP’s office. Doug Eaton

A REFUGE for women and children escaping domestic violence in Lismore is hoping to remain open.

It was feared it had been excluded from a new tender process and women in the Lismore area would have to go on waiting lists for accommodation in Grafton or Tweed Heads.

The refuge was first opened in 1978 and has been operated by an organisation called Norwacs.

But under the State Government's new Going Home Staying Home funding reforms, the domestic violence services tender was awarded to On Track, but did not include the Lismore Women's and Children's Refuge.

A spokesperson working in the industry said discussions were under way to keep the facility open.

On Track's homelessness network manager Rebecca Knight did not wish to comment, but it has been reported On Track is negotiating for new premises to be opened in Lismore.

Lismore MP Thomas George did not respond to calls asking for confirmation the centre's future was secure.

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