BIG DAY: At the opening of the Women’s Resource Centre in Lismore yesterday are Felicia Collyer (left), executive officer of the Northern Rivers Women and Children’s Services, and Danielle Notara, project officer of the Lismore Women’s Resource Centre.
BIG DAY: At the opening of the Women’s Resource Centre in Lismore yesterday are Felicia Collyer (left), executive officer of the Northern Rivers Women and Children’s Services, and Danielle Notara, project officer of the Lismore Women’s Resource Centre. Jacklyn Wagner

Support for Northern Rivers women

NORTHERN RIVERS women have a new source of support with the official opening yesterday of the new Lismore Women's Resource Centre.

Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell, who formally opened the centre, said its location in Woodlark Street combined convenience and privacy.

“This is a fantastic space, filled with light and inviting for women,” she said. “The services this centre offers are based around clients' needs.”

Cr Dowell said the centre offered support from caring staff in 'a safe and comfortable environment'.

Cr Dowell also praised Northern Rivers Women and Children's Services Inc executive officer Felicia Collyer for the support groups, training, counselling and advice the centre will provide.

Ms Collyer said the centre resulted from a partnership between Northern Rivers Women and Children's Service Inc, the Lismore Aboriginal Women's Refuge and local Aboriginal organisation Rekindling the Spirit. It was a one-stop resource for women wanting information on health and other issues.

Ms Collyer said the centre also provided a venue for local associations and organisations.

“We've already had the Lismore Country Women's Association book in their AGM with us,” she said.

Ms Collyer said the free services offered at the centre had been helped by a grant of $10,000, which was spent building up an impressive resource library for women visiting the centre.

“This centre has been a dream not only of mine, but of all the staff here, for a long time,” she said.



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