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Renewed push for funeral services in Lismore’s ‘Eat Street’

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A funeral parlour was established in Lismore's CBD and now the proponents want to hold services. (file pic)
A funeral parlour was established in Lismore’s CBD and now the proponents want to hold services. (file pic)

Almost two years after being told there would be no funeral services at a funeral home approved in Magellan Street, Lismore, the proponents are trying to change that condition.

The Lismore City Council will this evening consider an application to modify the development consent for the funeral parlour to allow 50 funeral services each year.

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’.

But 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.

The application to modify that consent says that a maximum of fifty (50) Private Family Services would be undertaken from the subject premises per annum, with each private family service having a maximum capacity of fifty (50) people.

In particular, the application states that the Private Family Services are for family and close friends, will be attended by invitation only, there will be no public advertisements of the Private Family Service prior to the service and that there will be no procession of cars following a hearse after the service.

This evening’s application goes before the full council following requests from Crs Vanessa Ekins, and Elly Bird.


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  1. I’m vehemently against this funeral mob even being in Magellan Street let alone them wanting 50 funeral services each year.

  2. On the same day in The Northern Star there is an article about a local business owner working to recreate The Loft in Magellan St to create a lovely outdoor venue and to help to change the vibe of Lismore at night – right across from a funeral parlour? Surely there are other more appropriate locations?

  3. Typical, trying to change the rules once you have the foot in the door. How about the council coming back to them and suggesting instead that they only hold ten a year.


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