Sydney tent city making politicians 'uncomfortable'

In the heart of Sydney's financial district, there's a reminder that not all share in the wealth.

Outside the Reserve Bank and New South Wales government, a city of tents grows bigger each day. So too does the unease among state politicians who want the poverty removed.

"It makes me very uncomfortable," NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.

The "safe space" for the homeless in Martin Place has its own rules scrawled on the walls in chalk - no alcohol or drugs are allowed inside the camp.

"They really help the homeless out here," one of the women living inside told Newshub.

The state government disagrees, saying the camp isn't safe. It wants the Mayor to shut it down.

"Stand up for the city and move people on. This is a public safety risk," said Pru Goward, NSW community services manager.

However Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore says she doesn't have the right to remove them, and they're where they are because the state government let them down.

"It's the result of years of inaction by governments of both persuasions to provide affordable rental housing and to take action on homelessness," she said.

The tent city has already been evicted here and its tenants were temporarily offered free rooms inside four-star Sydney hotels.

But that wasn't a long-term solution. They were back within days, and some had little choice.

Campers would prefer to sleep in the park but when they do they can be fined AUS$500.

"We don't know where to go, we're looking to find somewhere to stay dry over the night, we cannot sleep," Hanif, one of the rough sleepers, said.

"Who likes this life? Who is happy with this life?"

This city within a city continues to grow for those that call the camp home.