‘Home’ for homeless opens in Byron

Paul Spooner in front of the Fletcher Street Cottage with volunteer painter, David Kennedy.
Paul Spooner in front of the Fletcher Street Cottage with volunteer painter, David Kennedy.

A new ‘home’ for Byron Bay’s homeless opened its doors this week thanks to Byron Council and the generosity of the community.

Once a real estate office and more recently, the base for a hire car business, the Fletcher Street Cottage, owned by Byron Council, has been refurbished and will be officially opened on March 31.

Run by the Byron Bay Community Centre in conjunction with the Salvation Army and community volunteers, it is providing a range of drop-in services for the town’s estimated 100 homeless people and others in need.

“People will be able to have a cup of tea and something to eat – somewhere to sit and relax,” manager of the Byron Bay Community Centre, Paul Spooner, said.

“There will be a safe, secure room where they can store things. They can have a shower there.”

Mr Spooner said refurbishing the cottage and getting it ready for the opening had been a great community effort.

He said many people had given their time, money and items of furniture and other equipment to ensure the success of the project.

It is estimated it will cost $26,000 a year to run the cottage, money that will have to be raised in the community.

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