Tent City – Paying Homage to the Homeless in Sydney’s Busiest Business Area

August 10, 2017 Caryn Walsh

Paying Homage to the Homeless in Sydney’s Busiest Business Area

An instant tent city has popped up overnight in the heart of Sydney’s Martin Place. Right outside the icon representing the financial matters of the country – the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Whilst the paradox between the homeless and the country’s financial hub may seem obvious, it has been the leading ladies of NSW who have been at loggerheads about whose responsibility it is to move these ‘unwanted residents’ along.

As Premier Berejiklian and Lord Mayor Clover Moore battle the politics out, approximately 50 homeless find themselves situated on some of Sydney’s prime real estate.

According to Julia, an experienced Manager who has worked in the Homeless sector for more than a decade:

‘Homelessness is on the rise and the contributing risk factors are also ever increasing. These causative issues further compound the vulnerability of those experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness. There is no simple answer. Yet the support from the community and support systems, who are often at capacity, work tirelessly to promote a sense of hope for longer term sustainable housing and innovative ways to address the multitude of presenting issues.’

Instead of turning homelessness into a political issue. Lets focus on whose responsibility it is. Surely our best option is to help the homeless in whatever way we can. Help them find stability and security in their lives and pay homage to the homeless in Sydney’s busiest business area? Or have I missed the point?

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