Heads in the sand
Two pages, two stories: (Carpark eviction claims and Hundreds sign youth petition, Telegraph, 4/11). Too hard for ostrich council. I was astounded to read these articles, confirming Rockingham council has its head in the sand.
“Cr Sammels said the funding, establishment and management of short-term accommodation was the business of State and Federal governments.”
“Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said residents of all ages were encouraged to share their views through submissions to the City.”
In summary: “not our problem” and, “if we don’t ask, they won’t tell”.
Does Cr Sammels not realise that the council has a mutual responsibility with State and Federal governments to ensure accommodation for homeless people in the city is delivered.
Further, it is the council’s job to actively communicate with and capture the concerns of all residents.
The mayor should immediately put a program in place for the council and actively engage all residents.
Such a program should also provide clear visibility on all
Rockingham’s homeless say they were told to leave a car park near the CHB grain terminal where they had been living.