Maggie Borger, Byron Bay
I was sad to hear that homeless people have been moved on from Brunswick Heads – where can they go? Bruns at least had toilets and water on tap – very necessary for those sleeping rough.
I have long been telling anyone who would listen that we have an empty train line south of the Byron Bay intersection and that the state government is scrapping old train carriages. Why not bring those old train carriages up and park them on the line, with bush either side, thus out of sight of those who do not care for their fellow homeless human beings. The only cost would be to provide a few facilities, like a water supply and toilets, shower and laundry facilities.
It may need some supervision for resident safety reasons, but may well provide the temporary accommodation sadly lacking for Byron’s homeless.
Yes, I know a number will have mental illness, and/or addiction problems, but surely those problems cannot be addressed when people are living outside in all weather. If they have some sort of roof over their head, then support agencies could reach out to them.