Legistrative Council E-Petitions

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Stop development of homeless shelter on Rose Lane
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council that by the end of July 2021, the City of Melbourne is planning to open a homeless shelter on the corner of Rose Lane and Little Bourke Street. This decision was made without consulting residents and businesses within the vicinity and will have a profound effect on this area.

Families with small children, students and retirees call this neighbourhood home and over the past several years, this ‘New York’ side of the city has become increasingly unsafe. The Council has narrow-mindedly respected only one party in the equation by directing people experiencing homelessness from Flinders Street Station, King Street and Southern Cross Station to the residents’ doorsteps.

People experiencing homelessness should be supported and the residents are not against this. However, there are superior alternatives for the location of the shelter, for example, near the police station on the corner of Spencer Street where there is a good view, secure, not crowded and has fresh air.

The police are frequently called to handle anti-social behaviour. Residents have been working hard to improve the neighbourhood to make it a safer place to live and their collective efforts will be futile if this project goes ahead. It will expose the community and its residents to further assaults.

Residents have experienced being followed, attacked including stabbings and robbery, aggressively approached and witnessed substance abuse. They do not feel safe in their own home and are asking for help.
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council call on the Government to stop the City of Melbourne from commencing the development of a homeless shelter on the corner of Rose Lane and Little Bourke Street.
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