Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard: Homeless need support to stop attacks

JOONDALUP Mayor Troy Pickard has called on the State Government to provide greater support for the homeless following a recent attack in the Perth CBD.

“I was shocked and disgusted to read the report regarding the man who was convicted for attacking three defenceless homeless men in the Murray Street Mall,” he said.

“I am stunned this man was spared a prison term and I urge the State Government to intervene and appeal his extremely light sentence.

“We are seeing increasing numbers of homeless people sleeping rough within the City of Joondalup and neighbouring local government areas as they are seeking refuge from the increasing violence closer to Perth City.”

In March, Mr Pickard requested a report on the increasing problem of homelessness in the north-west corridor. The Joondalup council has also requested a report looking into establishing a drop-in centre and crisis housing and working with other local governments on sharing resources.

“Redressing the incidence of homelessness and people sleeping rough requires a co-ordinated effort in the north-western corridor and will also require assistance from the State Government,” he said.

“In a City like Joondalup, no one should have to sleep without a roof over their head.”

Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics data, in 2012 there were 49 homeless people for every 10,000.

When applied to the City of Joondalup, there would be close to 800 people couch surfing or sleeping rough in 2015.