Organ donation crusader Keith Eveson to continue after City of Perth reprieve

Keith Eveson will continue his volunteering work in a temporary dedicated space.
Keith Eveson will continue his volunteering work in a temporary dedicated space.

ORGAN donation crusader Keith Eveson has scored a win in his turf war with the City of Perth.

As first reported on June 2, Mr Eveson was moved on from the Perth train station overpass by Council rangers on May 30 under the City’s ostensibly “anti-begging” rules.

“Following the piece in your paper (June 7), two representatives from Perth Council arranged to meet me outside The Trackside Bakery,” Mr Eveson told the Guardian Express.

“I think I was losing the battle until the boss of Trackside Bakery intervened, and spoke up for me,” he said.

“A few days later I noticed they had painted out the area where I used to stand.

“I emailed them, to say it was no a no go for me, and requested a new position.

“They wrote back and said the freshly-painted area was for me, be-it temporary, but at least I can continue.”

A City of Perth spokesman said Mr Eveson would continue his valued and valuable volunteering in a location near the Trackside Bakery.

“The City has been working closely and directly with the WA Police and City stakeholders to actively and immediately improve security and safety in the streets, overpasses, and public spaces,” he said.

“In this process, a complete review of how we operate in the public realm has resulted in a focus on removing unwanted and dangerous obstructions of footpaths, public space and roads, so as to deter anti-social and dangerous behaviours in our City.”

The City spokesman said that “far from moving Mr Eveson on”, the City had reached an agreement with him and prepared a prominent and defined space from which the veteran volunteer can continue his work for the community.