Shelter sets sights on a winter target
By SAMANTHA TURNBULL
LISMORE'S homeless shelter will be managed full-time, cater to men, women and children and be built by next winter.
They were some goals discussed by the new Lismore Homeless Shelter Working Party at its first meeting on Friday.
Its members include Lismore City Council representatives mayor Merv King and councillor Jenny Dowell, Shauna McIntyre and Wendy Adriaans, Lismore Soup Kitchen's Mieke and Ridley Bell, Uniting Church Reverand Bob Rutherford, St Vincent de Paul's Kevin Walsh, Tom Fitzgerald, Lismore Neighbourhood Centre manager Maralyn Schofield and Northern Star chief of staff Samantha Turnbull.
Cr King told the group that because the land for the shelter in Norco Lane would be leased by council from State Rail, there were constraints which needed to be realised.
"It's not homeless 'accommodation' we're looking at, it's shelter to get people out of the cold in winter and out of the rain in summer," he said.
"It needs to be temporary in its nature." The working party also spoke about funding for the shelter, but decided it was impossible to put a price tag on the development until a management model and design were agreed on.
Council staff will be responsible for applying for funding grants from the State and Federal Governmens, while extra support will be sought from churches, service clubs, community groups and businesses.
The Northern Star will help fundraise for the shelter. The next step for the group is to come up with management models for the shelter, which will be discussed at a meeting on September 4.