Today Premier Mike Baird and Member for Lismore Thomas George MP presented Mr Ridley & Mrs Mieke Bell of Lindendale with a Premierís Community Service Award.

Mr & Mrs Bell were surprised with the presentation during a visit to the Winsome Hotel.

Since the establishment of the Lismore Soup Kitchen in 1991, firstly operating from the Lismore PCYC, then two locations in South Lismore, before purchasing the Winsome in 2009, Mr & Mrs Bell have been a driving force in the organisation.

Their focus or mission is to provide loving care and family support, including meals.

Meals are prepared on site seven days a week through teams of volunteers cooks providing for up to 70 meals per day.

Mrs Bell is currently the President of the Soup Kitchen and Accommodation Manager and Mr Bell is the Business Manager.

Their management style is one of extraordinary communication skills and a loving ethos that affirms and builds so many volunteers creatively work together for a common goal.

Mr & Mrs Bell are worthy recipients of this Award, which of course would not be possible without the support of their family.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email:

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.