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10 tonnes of rubbish!

10 tonnes of rubbish!

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle claims the council has this year collected nearly 10 tonnes of rubbish left behind by rough sleepers. Speaking on May 4, Cr Doyle said the council had also increased its staffing levels to deal with homelessness on CBD streets. “This year alone, we have collected 9700 kg (9.7 tonnes) of discarded

Night safe space for homeless re-opens

A space for the CBD’s homeless to stay overnight will re-open just in time for winter. The Night Time Safe Space, located in the Salvation Army’s Hamodava Cafe on Bourke St will open its doors from 11pm – 7am every night from the end of May and provide a safe, indoor location for rough sleepers

Eyes wide open …

As you walk around this beautiful city what do you see?  What do you enjoy? There is Federation Square with its many cultural events, a gathering place for people to see, hear and enjoy.  Shady trees that save us from the unpleasant heat that is amplified by concrete and asphalt. High-class shops, restaurants and cafes

Bad taste

I note there is usually very little in this lightweight paper, especially reading the latest edition. Rarely is there anything about the homeless adorning the streets of Melbourne. All the spruiking electoral candidates carefully sidestepped any reference to this huge problem. Or perhaps I missed it? Whatever the public and traders think about this situation

Homeless epidemic divides the city

By Khiara Elliott Homeless camps around the CBD are drawing national attention and people are divided on what to do about them. One of the larger camps outside of Flinders St Station has sparked a number of complaints from the public as well as residents and retailers around the area. It’s been reported that the

Drink coffee … do good!

CafeSmart will be painting the town yellow on Friday, August 5, donating your coffee dollars to local community groups and not-for-profits who help combat homelessness on our city streets. The annual one-day event calls on the coffee industry to help raise funds and promote awareness around one of Australia’s most pertinent social issues, homelessness. Cafes

Sleep tight on board the sleep bus

By Sunny Liu A dozen sleep-buses will soon appear in Melbourne’s CBD to shelter those sleeping rough on the streets. Sleep-bus founder Simon Rowe knows very well how dangerous it is to sleep without a roof, having been homeless for four months when he fell behind in his rent 20 years ago. His goal is

Help for rough-sleepers

HomeGround is employing two more case managers and a part-time nurse for the next six months to bolster a campaign to end homelessness in Melbourne. The State Government last month pledged $147,000 to help get rough sleepers into long-term housing. When announcing the funding, Housing Minister Martin Foley said: “Homelessness is a struggle with complex

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