Stop Hawkesbury Council from Marginalising the Homeless
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Stop Hawkesbury Council from Marginalising the Homeless & Wasting $70k of ratepayers money
Hawkesbury Council is seeking to spend $70,000 of rates payer money on a fence to keep homeless people from accessing the only shelters they have for miles around, at Windsor’s McQuade Park and the grandstand in Richmond Park. Just weeks after the tragic death of a homeless women (due to exposure), Hawkesbury Councillor Christine Paine is rushing through a Motion, that is not open to review or public submission, that would effectively remove the only shelter that some of the most vulnerable members of our community can find. On the back of a one sided story in the Hawkesbury Gazette, Councillor Paine has proposed a motion that fencing worth $70,000 be placed around the grandstands in order to “preserve the heritage of the Grandstands” and thus preventing people from seeking shelter. Neither of these buildings are registered as heritage listed with Heritage NSW.
We are urging you to sign this petition asking for the money to be spent providing services to the Homeless, not further marginalising and dehumanising them. Nobody wants to sleep rough in an open grandstand; that the homeless of the area are so desperate that they seek to shelter there speaks for itself. What this situation needs is dialogue and discourse, compassion and decency……not fences. No allowance has been made for what happens to the people who have been seeking shelter in McQuade Park or the Grandstand at Richmond. The homeless of the Hawkesbury are human beings but right now they have no voice: Be their voice and sign this petition demanding that council engage with local homeless service providers so that both the community and the homeless community get the right outcomes. We need compassion not fences!
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