Mercury (Hobart) - - OPINION - Al­der­man Si­mon Fraser Glenorchy City Coun­cil

WITH so much home­less­ness in Ho­bart and sub­urbs, why can’t Ho­bart City Coun­cil open up the City Hall and put in a few dozen camp beds to house freez­ing peo­ple over win­ter? It has toi­let fa­cil­i­ties and would be warmer and drier than the street. Peo­ple could be al­lowed to stay between 8pm and 8am. There would need to be a few rules, like no cook­ing or al­co­hol and there would be need for se­cu­rity overnight and a cou­ple of clean­ers for three hours through the day. What is so hard about that? I know the coun­cil is go­ing to come up with all kind of ob­jec­tions, such as in­sur­ance, safety etc. I imag­ine po­lice would be happy to drive past a few times dur­ing the night. Surely with some phone calls and a few bot­toms get­ting off warm seats, it could be achieved in a cou­ple of weeks. build­ing in the mid­dle of Lon­don with my cousin. He was a live-in guardian in re­turn for heav­ily sub­sidised rent. This saved the owner money on se­cu­rity and gave peo­ple ac­com­mo­da­tion in one of the most ex­pen­sive cities in the world. Al­though there are prob­a­bly lots of rea­sons why these ideas are “too hard”, un­less we have peo­ple tak­ing the ini­tia­tive, words and grand­stand­ing will con­tinue with no ac­tion.

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