With their harbour-hugging streets and opulent mansions sprawling down to the water’s edge, the honeyed suburbs of Wentworth are the picture of residential stability and financial success.
Yet, in a jarring juxtaposition, over 1000 people across the electorate are homeless, with people sleeping rough in some of the country’s most exclusive postcodes.
As the Wentworth byelection campaign enters its final week, independent candidate Licia Heath said the next member had “a responsibility to not just represent those who are well off
financially, but also those who are sleeping rough, in boarding houses, and in unstable accommodation.”
In a letter to the other 15 candidates contesting the seat, Ms Heath said that “by running in this by-election we have brought national attention to critical challenges our country faces” and called on them to commit to addressing the issue.
Data from the 2016 census showed that Sydney’s homelessness crisis – which has seen the number of rough sleepers increase by 50 per cent in five years from 2011 – is widespread.