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Lismore refuge ‘definitely not closing’

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The state government has reassured Lismore residents that there will be no loss of homelessness accommodation for women and children escaping domestic violence.

Concerns were raised recently that women and children would be left without crisis accommodation in Lismore after management of the Lismore Women’s and Children’s Refuge lost out in a tender process.

Greens candidate Adam Guise and refuge supporters had rallied outside Lismore MP Thomas George’s office calling for the refuge to be saved.

Lismore MP Thomas George said yesterday however that the refuge was ‘definitely not closing’ and that negotiations were underway to secure premises.

‘A couple of candidates were insinuating that it was closing but the new tenderer was always going to provide a refuge,’ he told Echonetdaily.

Supporters of the Lismore Women and Children's Refuge in Lismore rallied outside Lismore MP Thomas George's office recently. (Darren Coyne)
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‘Women Up North are the current contractors but they didn’t win the tender. On Track won and they are negotiating for new premises in Lismore,’ he said.

‘It’s definitely not closing. I believe there are some negotiations underway to stay in the same residence and if that wasn’t successful they would be looking for new premises.’

A NSW Department of Community Services spokesperson also said there would be no loss of homelessness services, especially for Aboriginal women escaping domestic and family violence.

‘Across NSW, no government owned property that is used for crisis and transitional accommodation will close as a result of the Going Home Staying Home reforms,’ the spokesperson said.

‘Specialist services will continue and women will not share accommodation with men.’

The spokesperson said services for women and children in the Lismore area would be easier to access and better suited to the needs of the community.

‘Five of the six new services for northern NSW will support women and children in Lismore who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

‘This includes two specialist services for women and children escaping domestic and family violence, with funding of $2.3 million per year for these two services.

The spokesperson said discussions about the future management of the Lismore refuge were ‘progressing well’.

He said the northern NSW district would receive $6.53 million per annum under the Going Home Staying Home reforms, a funding increase of $1.03 million or 19 per cent.

People needing help because they are homeless or at risk of homelessness, or those who are worried about someone they know becoming homeless can call the new 24 hour Link2home referral service on 1800 152 152.


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2 COMMENTS

  1. Can i please make a comment about this article that means no offence to any body.
    The part that said particularly aboriginal women, i find really offencive!
    Domestic & family violence cuts deep with all victims and i think its a hurtful road to go down to spacificaly highlight one particular group of women.
    We are all equal & we are all victims no matter what race or creed we come from & all women & children that are victims experience the exact same emotions!
    I just feel it is dangerous to highlight one group, as woman on a hole already face way to much segregation into societies little piggion holes that they like to put us in.
    Examples such as, the working mum v’s the stay at home mum just drive a wedge between women that don’t need to exsist & that topic alone is still a nationally talked about subject on a daily basis that just should not have a voice in todays society as we are all at the end of the day mums who just love our children equally no matter what our choices personally are!

    Yours sincearly

    Fiona

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