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April 18, 2021

Funeral home mooted for Lismore’s Eat Street

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An application to establish a funeral home in one of Lismore’s busiest and most popular streets has nearby shop owners and retailers angry, but has been recommended for approval.

Councillors next week will decide whether to follow staff recommendations to approve the funeral home, or reject the proposal.

The proposed funeral home would occupy the old Gundurimba Shire Council building in Magellan Street and would 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.

The home would conduct approximately 150 funerals per annum (three per week), however, due to the chapel having a seating capacity for approximately 50 people, the majority of funerals would be held off site with only about 30 funerals per annum occurring at the premises.

The service’s hearse would park at the rear of the building in a custom-built garage.

Opponents to the development have argued that Magellan Street, which is branded as Lismore’s Eat Street, and is an important part of Lismore’s Come to the Heart business promotion strategy.

The subject section of Magellan Street comprises specialist shops, cafés, restaurants, food shops and educational facilities.

The area also encourages people activity and provides for a variety of street activities such as buskers, a market and public events such as the Lismore Lantern Parade and Eat the Street.

They say locating a funeral home in the heart of Lismore’s busy CBD and off a paid car park was inappropriate and likely to negatively impact upon small businesses in the CBD.

Concerns about traffic congestion, and crowds larger than the proposed 50 people, attending have also been raised.

Opponents believe the funeral home should be located in an industrial estate.

On the positive side, letters in support of the application argue that the funeral home would bring people into the CBD, which would be of benefit to existing shops.

They say the locally owned and operated funeral parlour would be well serviced by public transport, that there is plenty of nearby car parking, and would ‘promote growth for the Lismore CBD’.

Staff have recommended that the application be approved, but it will be the councillors next Tuesday who make the final decision.


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  1. If I had lost a loved one I would not want to have to walk through Lismore’s busiest street to get to the funeral home. To have to walk along the often festive street with buskers playing music and bumping into people I know while I am really just trying to get to a building to deal with a very sad circumstance.

    Will there be private parking for this, because there’s not much parking on the street and it is limited parking time wise so you couldn’t park there for a very long meeting with the funeral directors… what about when there is a service with up to 50 people attending, where will they park?

    I don’t understand why the business owner would even consider this position. There are so many reasons why this is a bad idea. Having a funeral home away from the busy-ness of town makes sense, there’s usually ample parking, it’s quiet and there’s little chance of bumping into people you know who want to chat on your way in or out of the building.

    This is a very bad idea and should not be approved.

  2. Lismore, get a grip… why on earth should people devastated by the loss of a loved one be consigned to a soul-less industrial estate? Rejected from “the heart of Lismore’s CBD.” What kind of heart is that exactly? Why not welcome them with open arms into the hospitality and reminders of ongoing life readily available? Death is natural, normal, we’re all going to make that trip. How do you want the people you leave behind to be treated?

  3. We already have a locally owned/operated funeral home in the Lismore CBD, on Woodlark St … So why do we need another one in the CBD? Magellan St is not be the best place for mourners with all the op-shops and cafes etc, and parking around there is bad enough as it is … Woodlark St has florists and gift shops within walking distance if mourners need a cup of tea or want to get some flowers.

  4. Industrial estate location??? Ridiculous!!! Get over your fear of death and dying people , we all do it, at least once! It seems like thats what its all about. I’ve seen many funeral homes, in retail, mixed use, residential and next to motels, but never in industrial estates. What do the wingers think? Seeing a funeral home or a hearse is going to put people off their planned shopping or eating? Maybe all those people coming through(not the dead ones obviously), are going to want to eat drink and shop as a bit of a pick me up, post funereal visit?


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