The Lismore City Council has approved an application from a funeral parlour in Magellan Street to hold up to 50 services a year despite concerns that the business was not suitable for the area.
Back in 2015, the council approved an application for the funeral home in the old Gundurimba Shire Council building in Magellan Street, which is widely regarded as Lismore’s ‘Eat Street’.
Following concerns from nearby traders, councillors decided that no actual funerals would be held in the building, but would instead be held off-site.
The proponent then had requested only 30 services a year.
On Tuesday evening however, the councillors voted unanimously to approve an application to alter funeral parlour’s operating conditions to allow for 50 services, with each private family service having a maximum capacity of fifty (50) people.
The application stated that the services would be for family and close friends, would be attended by invitation only, there would be no public advertisements of the service and that there would be no procession of cars following a hearse after the service.
Lismore mayor Isaac Smith said although there were ‘a few concerns expressed’ the decision was unanimous.
‘It’s been operating for over a year with viewings and families coming and going and there have been no complaints so it didn’t seem to be an ongoing issue,’ Cr Smith said.
Cr Smith said the modified consent would be reviewed in two years and could become permanent so long as the funeral home complies with the terms of the consent.
Conditions include that the funeral parlour must keep records of the number of private family services held at the subject premises each calendar year and the number of people that attend.
Also, no funeral services are to be held outside the approved hours of any approved weekly markets or other scheduled and lawful events undertaken in Magellan Street.