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Sealing sleepout, talking homeless

COGG plugs rough nights IN ZOE’S MEMORY: Moriac’s Penny Stanley holds a picture of daughter Zoe, who died at Christmas time 2017. Now Penny’s arranged a special night to fight her little girl’s killer. 196742 FULL STORY PAGE 5 Picture: REBECCA HOSKING

Geelong's council has blocked rough-sleepers from sheltering under City Hall as staff develop a housing policy for the homeless. The contrast reflected a gulf between council "PR" and its indifference to the homeless, said veteran Geelong community advocate Guenter Sahr. Up to five people a night, some with walking frames, were sheltering under a stairway to council of-

fices until City Hall blocked their access about a month ago, Mr Sahr told the Indy. “Such use by rough-sleepers was clearly considered offensive to some of the senior management, and the place was sealed off with steel plates,” Mr Sahr said. “It seems they found it undignifying to have clear evidence of the city's homelessness under their very stairs while going to work.” Continued page 5

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Geelong Indy - 16th August 2019  

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