‘Treating them like animals’: Council strips the homeless of clothes, blankets and ID

Homeless other people at the Gold Coast are having their assets, together with garments, blankets and identity, confiscated by means of council employees.

Richard, one among loads of other people dwelling at the streets within the Coolangatta house, assists in keeping what he has in a trolley and strikes round ceaselessly, looking to keep ignored and now not trouble any person.

He stated he misplaced the entirety — and now not for the primary time — when he left his possessions unattended for a couple of mins not too long ago.

“It is came about a few occasions not too long ago after I took a commute to the bathroom,” he stated.

“Taking other people’s stuff or throwing it away, that does not win anything else — all that does is put that individual in a worse catch 22 situation as a result of then they have got were given to start out once more with completely not anything.

In step with Town of Gold Coast, pieces regarded as “a public well being possibility” or “deserted” had been got rid of from public areas.

However Richard and the crowd of homeless males he spends time with say council employees steadily waited at or drove by means of the spaces they widespread, every so often transferring them on or — in the event that they weren’t there — taking their issues.

Richard stated he and his buddies have needed to hotel to taking shifts to seem after their possessions to steer clear of being focused.

“Now we have were given to have one thing, we will be able to’t don’t have anything — what would you do on this state of affairs?” he stated.

“I misplaced the entirety it’s worthwhile to believe an individual will have.”

A trolley filled with items.
The lads stay their garments, heat blankets, towels and toiletries in trolleys.(

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‘Treating them like animals’

John Lee, the founding father of homeless provider You Have A Buddy, stated it used to be a not unusual drawback.

“The homeless guys know that this can be a common incidence — those [council] other people do that steadily to them,” he stated.

“They see the vehicles coming they usually come and take it.

“They are treating them like animals.

“Those guys are extraordinarily distraught — that is all in their possessions.

A man in a hoodie standing with a Woolworths bag.
John Lee says Gold Coast council’s remedy of the homeless is inhumane.(

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A Gold Coast drawback

Mr Lee stated it will be a unique tale if the lads had been based totally simply around the border in Tweed Heads.

“That is the Gold Coast council, Tweed Shire Council does a perfect process,” he stated.

“Queensland is a unconditionally other kettle of fish, the police and council rangers — I have had many a run-in with each.

“Now we have needed to protect other people for drowsing in timber and bus shelters, and not too long ago the Gold Coast council rangers were inflicting numerous issues for those guys.

“They are advised they are now not sought after in Goodwin Park, it is a giant park, clear of homes, they do not go away it untidy, all their possessions are in buying groceries trolleys.

A sign outside a park saying "Goodwin Park".
The realm’s homeless every so often sleep in Goodwin Park.(

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Mr Lee stated after the incidents he had attempted to name the Gold Coast council on behalf of one of the homeless other people, specifically the ones with out cell phones.

“Gold Coast council refused to talk to me, all I sought after to grasp is the place is the stuff so the boys can acquire it,” he stated.

“They stated, ‘If you do not personal it, we would possibly not discuss to you.’

Two Gold Coast Council vehicles parked beside a park.
Gold Coast council employees at Goodwin Park in September.(

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‘Deserted pieces’

When puzzled in regards to the allegations made by means of Richard and Mr Lee, the Town of Gold Coast stated it will now not speak about particular person circumstances.

In a commentary, a spokesperson stated pieces “obstructing get right of entry to or regarded as a public well being factor is also got rid of from public areas”.

“Deserted pieces that don’t pose a well being or protection possibility could be tagged with a sticky label advising a date they wish to be accumulated previous to being got rid of,” the commentary stated.

Richard stated he needed the council could be extra working out and now not “kick them whilst they are down”.

“Any individual can change into homeless, your marriage may get a divorce, your spouse would possibly die, it’s worthwhile to lose your psychological well being and issues fall aside,” he stated.

“Now not all people are lucky sufficient to have cash and be given a silver spoon in existence — numerous us get the tail finish of not anything.

“Now we have were given nowhere to head and nobody provides a rattling.