Council commits $100k to shelter
THE cheque's not yet in the post, but at Tuesday's Lismore City Council meeting a proposal to provide $100,000 for a homeless shelter in Lismore was approved.
Councillors voted to give the Lismore Soup Kitchen money towards the purchase of the Winsome Hotel in order to establish a homeless shelter there.
However, Jean Rose Rapmund, of Lismore, used the public access session to address council about her concerns regarding the shelter.
Mrs Rapmund acknowledged the need for the shelter, but was opposed to its location at the hotel, voicing concerns for the health and safely of its residents.
Homeless people living at the Winsome would be required to cross busy intersections in order to get into town to collect methadone and buy syringes, she said.
She also voiced concern about where the homeless would go when the shelter closed each day at 1pm.
Volunteer soup kitchen manager John Paterson also used the public access to speak about the homeless shelter. He said everybody had a right to be safe, clothed and fed.
Mr Paterson said people at the homeless shelter would not be allowed to loiter on the footpath after the facility closed.
The plight of Lismore's homeless was an awful, shameful tragedy, he said.
The Federal Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs is also expected to provide $200,000 towards the facility.
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