Council to consider respite shelter for Tweed's homeless

TWEED Shire Councillors will once again consider a respite centre for the Tweed's homeless at it's the council meeting next week.

At the meeting in September, the councillors voted against the planning approval recommendation for the centre at 9 Boyd St Tweed Heads preferring a workshop to get more information on the plan.

A workshop was held on the respite centre today.

The original recommendation stood with the council to vote next Thursday on whether to approve the centre.

Former councillor Dot Holdom was disappointed by the council's decision to delay the centre.

The least we can do as a country is provide a safe place for that someone to fall until they hopefully get back on their feet again," Ms Holdom said.

"And for those homeless people who reject society outright whatever their reason, the least we can do is provide centres for them to shower, eat, sleep, provide them with some fresh clothing, and connect with them in whatever way possible."

At September's meeting, Councillor Gary Bagnall recommended the deferral on the decision.

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

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

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

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.



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