A Gold Coast homeless service will have to leave its base in Southport, after the Mal Burke car park was sold.
Rosies volunteers feed and clothe the homeless and currently operate out of a room on the ground floor of the car park which is slated for demolition in early 2015 as part of City of Gold Coast’s plan to sell assets to fund the cultural precinct.
Rosies CEO Troy Bailey said that relocation was inevitable, but the announcement means finding new premises is now high priority.
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‘It’s been on the cards for a while, but we were expecting a bit more notice,’ said Mr Bailey.
‘We’ve been looking for new premises for months now, but it seems like everywhere suitable is being torn down.’
Mr Bailey said that the need for homelessness services on the Gold Coast is at an all time high, with families and children among those accessing Rosies’ services.
‘It’s a bit of a concern. We see around 150 people each week on the Gold Coast, and give out all sorts of emergency relief – food hampers, emergency shelters for rough sleepers, hot meals – so we’re hoping someone can give us a lead on a new place,’ said Mr Bailey.
‘Without a home base for our services… well, we’re in a bit of trouble. It might be a bleak Christmas for us.’
Rosies is a non-profit organisation and relies mainly on private donations and volunteers.