ACTION WANTED: You Have a Friend founder John Lee wants to see homeless support services like his included in any discussions about tackling Tweed's homeless problem.
ACTION WANTED: You Have a Friend founder John Lee wants to see homeless support services like his included in any discussions about tackling Tweed's homeless problem. Liana Turner

Homeless support worker calls for more support

THE founder of homeless support service You Have a Friend has called out local politicians on what he claims is inaction on the Tweed's homeless issue.

John Lee, who has worked with the homeless for 14 years, said recent claims by political leaders that the Tweed was facing an influx of homeless people were "untrue".

Mr Lee was concerned that discussions about homelessness between those who had no in-depth knowledge of the issue would not lead to a solution.

With his Abandoned, But Not Forgotten campaign, Mr Lee hopes to collect 6000 signatures to take the matter to parliament.

 

"The issue is not that we've suddenly had an influx of homeless," Mr Lee said.

"The issue is that the infrastructure to support these people in Tweed does not exist.

"That's what I want (Tweed State MP) Geoff Provest to address."

 

But Mr Provest was adamant the number of homeless people was increasing on the Tweed.

"There's a significant amount of money going into those areas but the problem seems to be growing exponentially," Mr Provest said.

"I know a couple of Gold Coast rangers and they specifically move them on into NSW.

"Whatever we do doesn't seem to be enough because next week more people move here.

"This is a terrible thing ... and it takes our colleagues across the border to pull their weight as well."

Federal Richmond MP Justine Elliot criticised Mr Provest for not living up to his promise to build a homeless shelter in Tweed.

The Gold Coast City Council has been approached for comment.



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