A funeral home will be set up in the middle of one of Lismore’s most popular streets following approval at last night’s council meeting.
A majority of councillors backed the development despite concerns from a number of nearby traders that the funeral home was not appropriate for Magellan Street.
The street is a popular area for outdoor cafes and entertainers, and opponents argued that a funeral parlour would negatively impact on the street’s ambience.
The proposed funeral home will occupy the old Gundurimba Shire Council building in Magellan Street and will generally operate 9am to 5pm weekdays.
The plans for the building at 59 Magellan St involve furnishing the interior with a small chapel and morgue.
As a result of an amendment, no funerals will actually be held at the building, but will instead be held off site.
The service’s hearse would park at the rear of the building in a custom-built garage.
After much debate, the final vote was Crs Greg Bennett, Gianpiero Battista, Mathew Scheibel, Glenys Ritchie, Ray Houston, Simon Clough in favour.
Cr Jenny Dowell and Vanessa Ekins, against.
Cr Neil Marks, Graham Meineke and Isaac Smith were absent.