All weather shelter to provide cover for people experiencing homelessness

Friday, 14 June 2019 

A structure designed to protect community members experiencing homelessness from harsh weather will be installed in the CBD. 

The construction of an all-weather shelter was a decision made by Bunbury City Council earlier this year as part of Council’s Budget review process.  

Another set of community lockers will also form part of the project. Lockers have been in place at the InTown Lunch Centre and behind the Graham Bricknell Music Shell since February of this year. 

The transportable open-plan shelter will be located at the rear of the Symmons Street car park providing room for those who need it to escape the winter weather. 

Access to the shelter will be made possible via a modified pram ramp and swing gate facing the Graham Bricknell Music Shell.  

It features an open front and undercover area to protect users from the wind, rain and hot sun. 

It will be maintained by City officers and can be moved elsewhere if required. 

Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan said while the shelter was not the solution for solving the issue of homelessness in the City it will provide a space for those experiencing homelessness to take cover. 

“Council has been working with the Salvation Army and has spoken to vulnerable community members about the location and design of the shelter,” Mayor Brennan said. 

“This area has been selected for its proximity to services and will hopefully deter people from sleeping at the Graham Bricknell Music Shell by providing an alternative solution.” 

The Salvation Army Southwest Bunbury and Busselton Campus Pastor Mark Schatz said the shelter would provide a safe space. 

"Whilst recognising that homelessness is an outcome that no community wants to see, its existence requires consideration of safe spaces that can provide security and protection against the elements of the weather.  

“It is pleasing that the Bunbury City Council have considered this in their new all-weather shelter along with other initiatives such as more community lockers.  

“The protection of the most vulnerable and exposed in our community is paramount and should be our highest priority." 

The shelter has been scheduled for completion before the end of the month.