Homeless support mission against Brisbane Council van ban
Rosies Youth Mission chaplain, Fr Pat MacAnally, has said homeless people are adamant they will not leave areas such as King George Square if the vans, which mostly offer a hot drink and fellowship, are moved to outlying areas, as proposed by Brisbane City Council.
The Catholic Leader reports that Fr MacAnally said he had spoken to a number of homeless people on last week after Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman said he was in favour of the idea.
"They said to me even if the vans go they will still come into King George Square."
A spokesman for the Lord Mayor's office, Francis Quinlivan, said Mr Newman believes it would be far better for street van operators to visit the boarding houses and hostels where street people often find accommodation than for them to come into the City.
Mr Quinlivan told the Leader that the Lord Mayor is keen to address the homeless problem.
Fr MacAnally said Rosies is seeking to organise meetings with both the city council and Queensland Police to discuss the problem.
Rosies operations manager Gary Parsons said the charity backs moving homeless people into supported accommodation but it would not happen overnight.
He said Rosies has received no official approach from either council or Queensland Police about their van.
We won't be moved: homeless (Catholic Leader 2/9/05)
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2 Sep 2005