Junior Council helping young homeless

27 July 2015

Mayor Tom Tate today joined his junior counterpart as Junior Council prepared support packs for Homeless Connect.

Newly-elected Junior Mayor Zuzana Harmaniakova has made the issue of homelessness a priority for her Council with toiletry bags being prepared on site at the Arts Centre Gold Coast.

“These items are common for most people but an absolute luxury for people experiencing homelessness. If you don’t have a permanent home or money to spare they make all the difference in everyday life,’’ she said.

“We’re also donating $1000 from the Junior Council Trust, raised by previous junior councils, to purchase SIM cards and Go Cards to assist other young people to stay connected, attend appointments and stay in touch.’’

Mayor Tom Tate said the city could be proud of its future leaders.

“This is a fantastic example of the valuable lessons our Junior Council members learn through their involvement with the program,” Mayor Tate said.

Bonita Tyler, Acting President of Gold Coast Homelessness Network, will also address the Junior Council.

Representatives from Junior Council will also volunteer at Homeless Connect on 5 August at Metricon Stadium.

Mayor Tate urged Gold Coasters to donate before donations close this Wednesday.

Homeless Connect brings together community groups and volunteers, government, and local businesses to host a “one-stop” shop of free services for people of all ages.

“Last year over 900 people experiencing homelessness (or who were at risk of homelessness) came to access free services, information and donations of food and clothing,” he said.

The last day to donate to Homeless Connect is Wednesday 29 July 2015. At the following locations:

  • City of Gold Coast Nerang or Surfers Paradise Customer Service Centres
  • ABC Gold Coast Studio and ABC Shops Helensvale and Robina
  • Runaway Bay Library
  • Elanora Library
  • Upper Coomera Community Centre
  • Metricon Stadium - Nerang-Broadbeach Road, Carrara