North Lismore residents are unhappy with a lack of community consultation in future plans for the Winsome Hotel, and made their concerns known yesterday.
North Lismore residents are unhappy with a lack of community consultation in future plans for the Winsome Hotel, and made their concerns known yesterday. Jacklyn Wagner

Residents want say on Winsome

NORTH Lismore residents are concerned about plans by Lismore Soup Kitchen to convert the Winsome Hotel to a crisis accommodation centre.

“We haven't been consulted about any- thing and we don't know what's going on,” said Rebekah Webster, who was declared the unofficial spokeswoman by a group of residents who gathered at North Lismore Newsagency yesterday for an impromptu discussion about the development.

“We're not just knocking it outright but we want to be involved. We only know what we've read in the newspaper, and we'd like to find out the facts.

“People are mainly worried about the effect of the development on children, particularly the Lismore Skating and Putt Putt Golf centre next door.

“We all have to walk past the Winsome to get to town, so it's not like we can avoid it.

“We have a beautiful community here now that we've built up over the past few years. A lot of us have bought houses so, of course, we're concerned.”

Another resident added: “We may be on the wrong side of the levee, but we still should have a voice.”

Lismore Soup Kitchen president Ridley Bell told The Northern Star there will be a thorough consultation process for residents on site and stressed the proper processes would be followed.

“Really all that will change is that there won't be any alcohol. We'll be serving meals and providing accommodation.

“These are good people, just down and out. We used to take our own children with us to the soup kitchen all the time.

“Sure people come in from time to time with social problems, but hotel's don't have the best reputation there either. I think it will actually be better for residents.

“We will be working closely with St Vincent de Paul to give these people a hand-up into steady accommodation and jobs.

“The planning consultants are meeting with the council late this week and will commence the consultation in three to four weeks.

HAVE THE RESIDENTS GOT A CASE? Phone 6624 3266 or SMS 0428 264 948


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