Bayswater ranger helps homeless family

City of Bayswater ranger/security officer Radomir Petrovic.Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au   d445161
City of Bayswater ranger/security officer Radomir Petrovic.Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d445161

A HOMELESS family living in their car now have a place to stay after receiving help from City of Bayswater ranger/security officer Radomir Petrovic this month.

Mr Petrovic said he saw a woman sitting next to her car crying at Bardon Park in Maylands on October 9.

“Her car keys were lost and I could see she was sleeping in the car with her three children aged, 6, 9 and 13.

“When I first approached her she refused my help.

“I rang a couple locksmiths to get some quotes so we could open the car doors, but their prices were ridiculously high,” he said.

“I’ve used Perth Beer Economy personally and knew that it had 21,000 followers on Facebook so I posted, not expecting the overwhelming response.

“The comments started pouring in as soon as I posted; people were offering food, accommodation, all sorts of things.”

Perth Beer Economy is a private Facebook page traditionally trading goods and services for beer that members have used recently to assist families in need.

Mr Petrovic said the incident restored his faith in humanity and thanked the people who came to the aid of the family.

The woman is staying in temporary accommodation in Armadale; accessed via Perth Beer Economy.

Bayswater Mayor Sylvan Albert said he was proud to have such a quick thinking and dedicated staff member.

“Mr Petrovic really did go the extra mile to help those in need,” he said. “This is a great demonstration of community spirit.”

Cr Albert said homelessness was a complex issue and could be caused by a range of factors, including poverty, physical or mental health issues, substance abuse or family breakdown.

“As an organisation committed to our community, homelessness is certainly of concern for the City of Bayswater,” he said.

“Many services offered to the homeless are provided by State and Commonwealth governments as well as community-based organisations.

“The City continues to work with a range of these agencies to respond and meet the varied needs and services of homelessness, including accommodation, meals and practical support such as clothing.

“The City’s rangers and security team often provide a point of contact for homeless people connecting them to service agencies best suited to address their specific needs.”

The City is assessing homelessness support services available in the City and will use that information to produce a Bayswater specific resource outlining what these services were and how they can be accessed.