DESPITE lobbying from neighbouring residents, Housing Plus has insisted access from George Weily Place is necessary to ensure the safety of those using the domestic violence crisis centre.
Housing Plus head of community services Penny Dordoy said in a statement changing the access to the Northern Distributor Road or the Escort Way, as argued by the opponents and four Orange councillors, would be a disadvantage.
"The access from George Weily provides increased safety because it is a cul-de-sac and is a quiet residential street," she said.
"[It] provides increased privacy for people accessing the Orchard. Accessing The Orchard from The Escort Way or the Northern Distributor [Road] will be highly visible, especially for people arriving on foot."
That corner has been used as a dumping point and somewhere to park cars when people want to sell them so you would think a building and landscaping would increase the value in the area.Libby Seaman
Ms Dordoy said if access to The Orchard was given from a main road, the refuge would be blocked off from the community, affecting the residential feel needed to help clients recover.
"It needs to be part of a residential area to provide safety and normality that will help them get back on their feet and not feel stigmatised," she said.
The DA was approved last week, however councillors Glenn Taylor, Kevin Duffy, Sam Romano and Scott Munro flagged a rescission motion.
With the prospect of having to submit a new DA if the motion succeeds on Tuesday, Housing Plus staff started a social media group on Wednesday night, garnering support to lobby the councillors and by Thursday, it had 78 members.
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Among them was Libby Seaman, who is also a member of the fundraising committee, and she said she was heartened by the support.
"I think it's marvellous they're not going to be complacent on it," she said.
"It shows how many people know somebody in a domestic violence situation, and that's frightening."
A real estate agent herself, Ms Seaman said it was unlikely residents would lose resale value on their homes because state housing, Aboriginal housing and housing for people with disabilities could be found right across Orange.
"There's homes owned in the Ploughmans Hill Estate by the department of housing," she said.
"That corner has been used as a dumping point and somewhere to park cars when people want to sell them so you would think a building and landscaping would increase the value in the area."
The Central Western Daily understands code of conduct complaints have been lodged against all four councillors after they abstained from last week's vote and two have been confirmed.
The council's code of meeting practice does not forbid councillors from abstaining.
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