Homeless respite centre delayed

9 Boyd. Respite centre. Photo: John Gass / Daily News
9 Boyd. Respite centre. Photo: John Gass / Daily News John Gass

TWEED Shire councillors want more time to consider a development application for a respite centre for homeless people in Boyd St, Tweed Heads.

Councillor Gary Bagnall put an amendment to the council at the meeting on Tuesday night to have the development application deferred until councillors had time for a workshop.

Cr Bagnall said while the respite centre was needed there were further issues the needed to be addressed.

"It's a resource that is needed on the Tweed and it's a positive for those in need," Cr Bagnall said.

"I don't believe there has been enough community consultation with the neighbours."

Cr Bagnall said many of the neighbours were in their 70s.

"I think they are very vulnerable people and they are afraid that it hasn't been explained properly," he said.

The council's officers recommended approving the centre that would support homeless people or people at risk but the councillors unanimously supported the deferral and workshop.

The proposed respite centre, operated by two full-time staff and a team of volunteers, would have the capacity to provide meals, storage, laundry and bathroom facilities with access to computer, internet and telephone.

Topics:  homeless tweed heads tweed shire council

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