Early on Tuesday (August 5), the City of Sydney Council informed occupants of Wentworth Park in Glebe their property would be removed as part of a council clean-up, according to a local resident. The occupants were informed all their personal items such as shelter and mattresses would be removed, excluding clothing items.
The removal of the occupants’ property has raised concern among local residents as Monday, August 4 marked the beginning of National Homeless Persons Week.
A City of Sydney spokesperson said the items were removed in order to keep the public space tidy.
“City of Sydney staff removed some items from the park to tidy up the public space, following complaints from the community. Rough sleepers were notified of the clean-up beforehand and consented to removal of nominated items.”