Street magazine ‘The Big Issue’ has today launched on the Gold Coast – providing a work opportunity for people experiencing marginalisation and disadvantage.
Sellers, known as vendors, buy copies of The Big Issue for $3.50 and sell them on street corners for $7 to earn a meaningful income. Vendors come from a range of backgrounds, including homelessness, long-term unemployment, mental illness, physical and intellectual disability and family breakdown.
The Big Issue Queensland operations manager Susie Longman said the expansion to the Gold Coast followed the magazine’s success in other major cities around the country, including Brisbane.
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“Selling The Big Issue gives people who are striving to improve their lives a chance to get back on their feet. We’ve seen this empower many vendors to make positive changes in their lives and we want to give disadvantaged men and women on the Gold Coast access to this opportunity,” Ms Longman said.
Two people are working as vendors on the Gold Coast, and will be selling the magazine from locations around Burleigh Heads.