‘Sad’: Brisbane homeless act sparks outrage

A clip showing Brisbane workers removing a homeless man’s belongings in a park has sparked outrage online, with viewers speculating that the homeless man’s belongings were “destroyed” in the operation.

A user posted on content-sharing site Reddit the video, which he allegedly shot at night near his home in the inner-city suburb of Woolloongabba, three kilometres south of Brisbane’s central business district.

In the grim clip, the user claims to have seen workers taking the homeless man’s belongings and “crushing” them with equipment.

However, when asked about the incident, the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads stated that the workers had merely “transported” the person’s belongings to a new location.

“Around midday, a group of community workers show up at a homeless man’s RV and accommodation on Regent Street in Woollongabba,” the Reddit user wrote.

“I have been this person’s neighbor for months and there have never been any problems.

“This evening they loaded his vehicles for removal and, most surprisingly, they took all of his personal belongings and furniture that were in the back of a dump truck on the property and had been crushed by the excavators.

“I think it’s pretty exaggerated, but just wanted to post it as a pretty eye-opening experience.”

They further asked if this was “normal” and claimed that “over a dozen work vehicles were on this site all night and most of the afternoon.”

A spokesperson for the Queensland Department of Transport and Roads told news.com.au that they were working with a housing and homelessness service to help “pack and transport” the person’s belongings.

“Transport and Main Roads has worked with social welfare organisation Micah Projects to find long-term accommodation for a person who previously lived next door to 56 Regent Street,” the spokesperson said.

“Woolloongabba Transport and Main Roads helped with packing and transporting belongings.”

When asked directly about the Reddit user’s claims that workers had “crushed” the person’s belongings with excavator equipment, he declined to comment further.

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The post was flooded with hundreds of reactions from people who were stunned by the footage.

“I am disappointed in the world that humans have created,” wrote one.

“I bet the towing, the contract for the excavator and dump truck, and the overtime of the municipal workers, etc. probably cost the municipality no less than $25,000 for the night work,” said another.

“That doesn’t solve anything. Where are these people supposed to go? We are in the middle of an affordable housing crisis and this is the city council’s reaction?”

“I’ve seen the council dismantling tents on Roma Street, but actually bringing in a digger just to destroy some poor people’s property seems a bit excessive to me,” one commenter shared.

“Especially when that’s literally all they have in the whole world!” agreed another.

News.com.au understands that this was not the work of the local council, but a government decision by the Department of Transport and Roads.

Homelessness in Australia

In the wake of the current housing crisis, Brisbane is reportedly collapsing under an all-time low vacancy rate, with experts warning there is no end in sight to the state’s crippling housing crisis.

The brunt of the burden is being borne by vulnerable renters, who now have to pay an average of $56 more per week than they did eight months ago, when the state government held its most important housing summit.

There are also fears that continued changes to rent reform have scared off investors.

According to reports, many campgrounds are empty and some parents have to live in motels with their children for months.

Some are even forced to search online for strangers to live with in a desperate attempt to escape the streets.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Queensland has the highest homelessness rate, just behind the Northern Territory.

According to the ABS census, 122,494 people are homeless in Australia every night.

One in seven homeless people is a child under the age of twelve.

Only 6.2 percent of the homeless live on the streets, the majority of the homeless live in emergency shelters, guest houses, unsafe housing,

overcrowded apartments or couchsurfing.

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