Martin Place homeless camp moved on

After more than six months camped outside the Reserve Bank building in Martin Place, and following months of negotiations between the state government and the City of Sydney Council, the homeless occupants of Sydney’s tent city began packing up their belongings on August 11.

The man often called the “Mayor of Martin Place”, Lanz Priestley, said some camp dwellers were moving to “friend’s places” or “friend’s backyards”, but some “don’t have anywhere to go”.

The free kitchen and “24/7 safe space” at the site was also packed up. Priestley said the free kitchen would be reopened soon at a new location.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore had tried to strike a deal to move the tents to another “safe space”. But the residents were left without any real detail on where they would be moving to and were reluctant to abandon Martin Place without certainty.

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