LETTERS: Homeless are our true refugees

SCOTT Holmes from Newcastle Uni wrote in the Newcastle Herald recently that he is concerned for the thousands of people in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie suffering this winter because they are homeless and without shelter.

He questions the selfishness of some who seek millions of public dollars to build a new art gallery.

I, too, share that concern and would seek the power of the press through the Lakes Mail to push for the release of the many old and vacant but still very solid buildings at Morisset Hospital to provide shelter and care for the homeless.

I believe Morisset Hospital would not be the only buildings sitting idle.

I would ask for public input to locate others.

I would also call on Newcastle's Motor Traders Association to provide a mini bus to provide a regular pick-up service as I believe these homeless people are our own true refugees.

- Carl Stevenson, Dora Creek

SHELTER: The writer proposes putting some vacant Morisset Hospital buildings to an alternative use. Picture: Phillip Hearne

SHELTER: The writer proposes putting some vacant Morisset Hospital buildings to an alternative use. Picture: Phillip Hearne

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