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HEART-BREAKING FREO HOMELESSNESS

Posted in community, fremantle, homelessness, western australia by freoview on September 12, 2016

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I find it heart-breaking and deeply sad that a wealthy country like Australia has so many homeless people.

We have the development percentage for art, for heritage, and some councils even have a percentage for public open space, but there is not a percentage for homelessness that I know off.

Fremantle does have a 15 per cent requirement for affordable housing in new residential apartment development, but that is often reduced because developers claim it is not financially viable to build affordable housing.

Yesterday morning there were three homeless people at Princess May Park, three at the post office, one at the bead shop next to it, and I know several find shelter on the verandas and in backyards of the cottages at Arthur Head, while others sleep in the caves below the Roundhouse and under the boardwalk at Bathers Beach.

I find it cold at home with the heater on, so how bad must it be for these poor souls. Surely we can do better than this Australia!

Roel Loopers

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