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HOMELESS IN THE ACT
Sleeping rough to boost awareness
St Vincent de Paul staff get in the spirit of the community sleepout event near their office in Deakin. Top to
bottom are Samara Gentle, of Lyons, Amanda Amodio, of Charnwood, and Sarah Clifton, of Queanbeyan.
Canberra has the second highest
homelessness rate in the country,
according to the 2011 Census of
Population and Housing, with between
1700 and 2000 people experiencing
various degrees of homelessness.
This Friday, participants in the third
Canberra Community Sleepout will
spend a night under the stars in
solidarity with them.
The annual event is a partnership
between Communities@Work and St
Vincent de Paul Society Canberra/
Goulburn, two different yet
Both are committed to raising
awareness of the central issues as well
as much-needed funds for their
programs and services that help the
most vulnerable and disadvantaged in
executive officer Lynne Harwood said
homelessness was less obvious in the
ACT than in places like Melbourne
and Sydney where traditional rough
sleepers'' were very evident.
She added it was difficult to be
poor in Canberra'' with its cold
winters, high rents and big discrepancy
between rich and poor.
Ms Harwood described the
community sleepout as an innovative
event, which attracts families, schools,
workplaces and the general
But behind the fun elements'' was
the serious message of what it would
be like to be homeless.
It's about empathy and feeling for
people who are in that situation,'' Ms
Celia Nunez, St Vincent de Paul
marketing co-ordinator and manager
for the event, agreed.
She will be among the Vinnies team
members who plan to roll out their
camping mats and slip into their
sleeping bags at the Australian
Institute of Sport venue.
I think the most moving thing is
hearing from people who've
experienced homelessness and
domestic violence,'' she said.
The keynote speaker for 2015 is
Michael Costigan, the man who
founded the Tara Costigan Foundation
after his niece (a mother of three
young children) was killed in her
Calwell home in February.
Within the ACT, 29 per cent of those
who are homeless are escaping family
violence, according to Homelessness
This year, two female ambassadors
share their stories: one is a long-term
homeless person and the other suffered
To register or to support the
community event, go online and visit
NEW BUS TIMETABLES
Action Buses' new weekend timetable
will begin this weekend, from
Saturday, October 17.
The adjustments were identified
from data collected from the MyWay
and NXTBUS systems, and the
timetable adjustments are set to benefit
passengers by providing improved
running times across the weekend
Public transport director Ian
McGlinn said the changes made to
weekend buses would make the system
"This is a key part of the continual
improvement of the Action network,
as we strive to provide a timely and
reliable service to further encourage
public transport use in the ACT," Mr
He said there were also a small
number of directional changes to some
routes so they align with weekday
services for the Routes 909, 923, 924
The Route 982 will be discontinued
and Bimberi will now be serviced by
diversions on the Route 958.
Passengers are reminded that there
will be no changes to the weekday
timetable at this time.
Individual route timetables can be
viewed, downloaded and printed form
the Action website.
For more information, visit
action.act.gov.au or call 13 17 10.
Hard copy bus books are also available
from bus stations, MyWay recharge
agents and ACT public libraries.
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