Sydney's homeless 'tent city' packing up

The tent city, Martin Place, Syndey will soon be cleared away.
The tent city, Martin Place, Syndey will soon be cleared away. Photo credit: Getty

Occupants of Sydney's 'tent city' in Martin Place are packing up after a new law passed that could see them forcibly removed.

Homeless people have spent months living in tents in the middle of the square, which also had a kitchen in place. They're among the hundreds of homeless people living in the city.

The New South Wales Parliament passed new legislation this week that could allow police to remove the residents from the square.

The new law allows for the removal of people or goods from crown land if deemed a "public safety issue", The Guardian reports.

Tent city's unofficial 'mayor' Lanz Priestly said that residents were now leaving voluntarily. 

Mr Priestly told The Guardian that many of them "don't have anywhere to go".

Sydney Mayor Clover Moore said the council's last street count saw 433 people sleeping rough in the city, and there were 58,000 people on waiting lists for social housing.

In a Tweet earlier this week she said "You can't solve homelessness without housing - we desperately need more supported & affordable housing in the inner city."

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