Dear Lismore Councillors
I manage one of Lismore’s ‘modern boarding houses’ (yes there ARE still some) and I am appalled that some councillors can’t see that people struggling with past demons of mental illness and/or problem alcohol and substance use are vulnerable people who need support and care, not further vilification based on ignorance and NIMBYism.
My residents are more at risk of the general community than the community is of them. Residents come to us seeking refuge, often from family and/or community violence. They respond well to the care and support they receive in our house. What better housemates for these women than older people who have time to listen and their own need for social interaction and community?
Geof Webb, Manager, E-Street Boarding House