Elated by the decision on a homeless shelter are Lismore Neighbourhoods Maralyn Schofield, Lismore Soup Kitchens Mieke Bell,
Elated by the decision on a homeless shelter are Lismore Neighbourhoods Maralyn Schofield, Lismore Soup Kitchens Mieke Bell,

Tears of joy as homeless shelter gets approval by council

By SAMANTHA TURNBULL

MARALYN SCHOFIELD burst into tears last night as the news became official: Lismore is getting a homeless shelter.

The manager of the Lismore Neighbourhood Centre has been campaigning for a shelter for four years with the city's Caring Community Action Group.

"This is major it's amazing," she said. Lismore City councillors last night voted unanimously to support a mayoral minute identifying a site for a shelter in Norco Lane.

However, many had questions about how a shelter would be funded and managed.

"I'd imagine something like this would be a very costly operation," said Cr Barry Crimmins. "Some of the churches have looked at it and been scared away by insurance and the high cost."

Mayor Merv King said he had discussed the issue of funding with a number of organisations. "It's early days yet, but the discussions I've had have been promising," he said.

"We'll be looking for grants, assistance, funding partners and my personal view is we should put $20,000 from our budget towards a study or plan."

Cr King also said the next step was to form a working party to come up with answers to questions on the design of the facility and how it would be managed.

The Northern Star, which launched its own campaign for a shelter almost two months ago, will be a part of the working party.

n Follow The Northern Star's Help for Homeless campaign in Tuesday's paper



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