'What happens to the homeless people we didn't find a caravan for'

An animated Mick Brosnan addresses council.
An animated Mick Brosnan addresses council.

President of the Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast, Mick Brosnan, laid it on the line as he told councillors they needed to approve a motion to do more to help the homeless.

"Last Monday I had three phone calls from different housing providers in Bega. One was for a single man - what would you say to this man," he asked councillors.

"The second was about a single mother with a daughter. Caravans aren't the answer, we know it's a quick fix but we have to rise above caravans, to move past the band aid," he said.

"The third call was about a young family. Very few caravans cater for young families."

Two vans go out (this week) for two of the four in need. What happened to the other two. Where are they sleeping?

President of the Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast Mick Brosnan

It's something Mr Brosnan would know because the SJASC put 70 caravans into fire grounds after the bushfires.

Two weeks previous he had four calls, all searching for accommodation for homeless people that night.

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"Two vans go out (this week) for two of the four in need. What happened to the other two. Where are they sleeping," Mr Brosnan said.

"We've got to accept responsibility for the homeless. We should be looking at facilities that council may own that we can designate north and south of the shire, for transitional housing, crisis housing to put people out of their cars, off the beaches, from under the bridge, into housing for that night."

Mr Brosnan was speaking to councillors to urge them to do more on social and crisis housing and to accept the motion put forward by Cr Cathy Griff.

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