Inventor of unique product drops in to Cobram's Citizen Advice Bureau who are planning a sleepout fundraiser later this year.ROB HENSON July 11, 2014 3:15am
As the mercury plummets, the inventor of ‘‘street swags’’ has brought the gift of warmth and shelter to Cobram’s homeless.
It comes as swags-facilitator Citizens Advice Bureau plans a sleepout fundraiser to support the swag charity.
Street Swags founder Jean Madden brought scores of the lightweight swags to Cobrams’ CAB on June 27.
Ms Madden said demand was high for the award-winning product, with a waiting list of swags across Australia.
‘‘Eighty-two per cent of those seeking temporary emergency housing are turned away, that’s up to 94 per cent in Queensland,’’ Ms Madden said.
‘‘In the Shepparton area the situation is getting a lot worse and it’s going to spread through this (Cobram) area.’
‘‘When it’s getting colder now into winter, it can literally mean the difference between life and death,’’ she said.
Ms Madden said the swags could reduce crime, sexual assault, and drug and alcohol abuse.
‘‘Poverty perpetuates itself in a cycle of incarceration and homelessness,’’ she said.
She said there was not enough government support to combat homeless.
‘‘Absolutely not. The homeless in Victoria are the angriest,’’ she said.
‘‘Speaking to people I know they travel all over the country, Victoria’s homeless are travelling north seeking out better services.’’
CAB volunteer Bob Beggs said demand for the swags in Cobram had risen in the winter cold.
‘‘It’s hard to say how bad it (homelessness in Cobram) is. People sleep with their friends, going from house to house.
‘‘It’s a lot more prevalent than people would think.’’
The not-for-profit organisation is planning a mass sleepout later this year at Cobram Sports Stadium, with proceeds going to Street Swags.
The BYO bedding event is to include entertainment, lucky door prize and cooked breakfast.
Street Rider Night Bus signs have been placed in Shepparton’s central business district to encourage people to use the service that has been cruising along for more than five years.
Police are currently at the scene of a double fatal collision involving two cars in at the Cahill Road, Gilmore Street and Woods Road intersection in Yarrawonga.
Tatura Community House held its annual High Tea fundraiser at the facility on Tuesday, with a full-house present to enjoy a sumptuous morning tea, good conversation and relaxing time together.
The Echuca construction team behind Junction Moama has taken out one of the top honours at a regional building awards ceremony.
Rochester Historical and Pioneer Society hosted an afternoon tea to recognise long-standing members Barrie and Flora Griffin and John and Margaret Harley.
About 7600 residents served by Goulburn Valley Water are affected by a boil-water advisory.
Scone Equine Hospital relaunches local veterinary practice.
A beauty pamper day has raised a whopping $18k to assist local lady Terri Bevan with her ongoing medical costs associated with her brain tumour
A planning scheme amendment to allow the expansion and redevelopment of the IGA supermarket at Heathcote has been approved by the Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne.
Cross-border rivals Cobram and Barooga football netball clubs will contest the 38th Cobram Courier Shield this weekend.
An exciting three-hole playoff saw Virginia Lange take a narrow win in the Deniliquin Ladies Golf Championship last Thursday.
The G-MW Murray gravity irrigation system has received 35 per cent and the Goulburn system 42 per cent of allocation from July 1.
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