Mieke Bell from the Soup Kitchen (front) and Len Moore from St Vincent de Paul, meet on the proposed homeless shelter site.
Mieke Bell from the Soup Kitchen (front) and Len Moore from St Vincent de Paul, meet on the proposed homeless shelter site.

Homeless shelter gets extra funding

By ANDY PARKS andy.parks@northernstar.com.au PLANS for a homeless shelter in Lismore moved forward on Friday when the Lismore Diocese Board of St Vincent de Paul met on the proposed site and made a pledge to fund the project.

According to president Kevin Walsh, St Vincent’s will fund a percentage of the total set-up costs as well as ongoing recurrent costs.

Although he wouldn’t discuss any amount, Mr Walsh said he was very happy with the momentum the project had gathered. A site in South Lismore near the Soup Kitchen has been earmarked for the shelter.

Lismore City Council last December made a commitment of $100,000 towards the construction stage of the project, plus another $20,000 annual ongoing costs. The Federal Government also promised $200,000 towards construction for the shelter during the election campaign.

Kevin Rudd has since announced a government White Paper report into homelessness to be headed by Tony Nicholson, the executive director of the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Lismore Mayor Merv King, who is also chairman of the Homeless Shelter Working Group, said it was ‘great news’ St Vincent’s had confirmed its commitment to fund the project.

He said a Development Application and a Social Impact Statement were currently being prepared for the council.

“It shouldn’t be too long,” he said. “We’re still waiting for a management plan to be worked out. Those were the two big things, getting the funding and doing a management plan. It’s taking a bit longer than anticipated, but we’re meeting regularly and it’s coming along.”



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