The challenge of homelessness and begging in Fremantle
August 11, 2012 11 Comments
This last week was Homeless Persons Week and there has been a renewed focus on the issues of homelessness and begging in Fremantle by the WA media. It is a tough and complex issue and I thought the ABC’s 7.30WA did a particularly good job of dealing with this in a balanced and compassionate way.
The 7.30 WA from August 10th 2012 can be found at:
This is not an issue where I feel like the Freo Council has all the answers or even all the powers to implement if we did.
It is clear to me however that a stronger and more effective response that starts to tackle the underlying issues of homelessness, mental health and addiction in needed. In boom state WA it is not good enough that so many people are doing it so tough and falling through the cracks and finding themselves on the streets of Freo. It is not good for Freo and not good for them either.
I’d welcome your thoughts on this tough issue.