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Terry Battla’s bed

Terry Battla

Hobart The Way Life Is!

With The Mercury recently reporting that 70 homeless men are turned away each night from Hobart’s only men’s shelter Bethlehem House and with more than 3000 homeless people currently living in Tasmania this is where Terry Battla was forced to sleep last night.

Meanwhile, a Mansion in Fitzroy Place, Sandy Bay sits vacant …

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  1. Wally

    May 26, 2007 at 8:21 pm

    Good for you Terry, I actually viewed Polly Watchs’ reply other day on TT,with her presumptuous judgemental approach stating why”spend your money on booze and drugs”, I felt it didn’t really warrant a reply. My only hope was that Polly was not working in the field of Community Service, and would return home each night after a “stressful demanding day”, sip on his/ her vino, as he/she hummed “Walk A Mile In My Shoes”, but then, Polly obviously has a lot of time on his/her hands to download cut and paste the Salvos Programme, I do wonder what the Salvos would say if they saw this thread though, her lack of empathy skills yet promoting their organisations programme is bewidlering.
    Polly Watch, should change his/her name to “Polly Waffle.
    Terry, thanks for bringing your and others plight to our attention on TT, we do, as you are more so aware live in a very selfish society, that is to quick to judge.
    As for you Polly Watch (Waffle), I am sure you will continue to cut and paste your quick fixes and judgemental attitude in the future, thats what WAFFLERS DO !

  2. Terry Battla

    May 25, 2007 at 12:29 am

    Dear Polly Waffle,

    You begin with a number of simple suggestions as to how my life could be improved; get a room in a share house, pick fruit, get a job. Then you go through a well researched list of programs and services available to people like me. So which approach do you support? The neat and simple HELP YOURSELF model (also popularly called the GET A JOB YA BUM model), or the more complex approach utilizing a range of services to meet individual needs? If you support the first model then we don’t have much to talk about. We have fundamental and chasm-yawning differences of opinion. If you support the second model, as your diatribe suggests, then surely you support yet another option for those in need. The green light for the Fitzroy Place development means we have another valuable option. It recognizes that our society, at it’s best and embracing the challenges of ALL those that live within it, is inclusive, diverse and caring.

    As to my plans for the future, maybe I’ll put my hand up for a room at Club Fitzroy. If accepted, and it’s a long queue, I’ll probably be encouraged to use those support services you mention. With a permanent address (and quite a good one at that), I’ll at least have a chance of getting a job and kicking this nasty internet squabbling habit I’ve developed. Life’s looking up Polly, thanks for caring.

    Yours, Terry

  3. Second Fiddle

    May 24, 2007 at 9:59 pm

    The Salvation Army programs seek to address dependence.
    Homelessness is another issue entirely.

  4. Polly Watch

    May 24, 2007 at 11:53 am

    Why aren’t you helping yourself Terry Battla, by seeking programmes offered by groups like the Salvation Army – to make yourself employable?

    There are multiple share house situations in the paper every week – why can’t you spend part of your welfare on a share situation instead of booze/drugs (you would be eligible for extra government rent assistance and your welfare officer would help with somewhere to clean up before the interview)?

    Why can’t you travel around Australia picking fruit – accommodation is often supplied – thousands live this lifestyle until something better comes up – and the Welfare people will help with travel costs for work purposes.

    Don’t you fancy living too far from the pub or from the dealer and do you think someone owes you a living?

    Details of the Salvation Army programme:

    Hobart Bridge Centre
    Rehabilitation Program
    Creek Road
    New Town, TAS 7008
    Phone: (03) 6278 8140 – southern Tasmania
    (03) 6333 0488 – northern Tasmania
    Fax: (03) 6278 8142
    Email: Bridge.Hobart@aus.salvationarmy.org


    The Hobart Bridge Centre is an intensive drug and alcohol rehabilitation unit. It’s set on a bush property and can accommodate up to 20 people on site – both men and women.
    Throughout the 16 week program, people are re-taught how to look after themselves and their surrounding environment. They learn how to keep themselves occupied by taking up hobbies and getting ‘active’ outside, and they begin to understand themselves again so they can grow and break the destructive cycle of drug dependency.
    The Bridge Program also focuses on getting the ‘clients’ healthy by learning how to cook good food. Clients also look at the issues surrounding relationships, communication, self-motivation, relapse prevention, self-esteem, goal setting, self-awareness and harm minimisation. All of this is vital to the healing process. It gives people the knowledge and practical tools they need to keep changing their life for the better when they’re out in the community again.
    During their stay clients have access to a basketball court, gym, lounges, computers, a games room, reading room and all the help and support they need. Support workers also give people the opportunity to explore their spiritual side. Over the years, workers have found that this element of self-understanding is fundamental to many people’s healing process.
    There are many causes for drug and alcohol dependency, the most common ones being family breakdown and domestic violence. In recent years, we’ve seen the number of women seeking help increase dramatically and the issue of mental illness too.
    The Hobart Bridge Centre has a number of programs:
    The Residential Program
    The residential drug and alcohol program; participants of the program stay for up to 16 weeks. The program offers a pyschosocial educational program aimed at D&A education, personal development and interpersonal development.
    It also offers a supportive residential environment to build resilience and an opportunity to develop the skills learnt in the pyschosocial educational program.
    Participants also share in the running of the community and its activities.
    Place of Safety Service
    The POS service provides care for Tasmanians or those visiting Tasmania who are referred by Tasmania police and are intoxicated and unable to support themselves whilst sobering up
    The Outreach Service
    The Outreach service operates from both Launceston (Northern Tasmania) and Hobart (Southern Tasmania) and provides support and counselling to Tasmanians who are unable or choose not to enter a residential program and would like support dealing with their or a family member’s addictive behaviour.

  5. Wally

    May 23, 2007 at 10:24 am

    Send them to Devonport. We have an old hospital, that is currently housing up to 8-12 homeless people a night. They get free meals from the community based soup van run by the x-Mayor of Devonport, then we have the present Mayors mug shot in local paper, vying for the vans funding and promoting good will., so, after a hot meal they are sent on their way to a vandalised building that neither the owners or Council will do anything about.

    A Recent front page story in Advocate stated it was riddled with asbestos. Yes, they have to sleep somewhere,so give them food, but don’t worry about the shelter of broken glass,dangerous structures and asbestos. You don’t have to worry about the place being boarded up either, come on down, the doors are all wide open.

  6. Terry Battla

    May 22, 2007 at 9:03 pm

    Correction! Last year up to 70 people a month (not a day) were turned away from Bethlehem House. My apologies, but still a woeful statistic.

    Yours, Terry

  7. crud

    May 22, 2007 at 4:18 pm

    sorry to hear of your plight and thousands of others but we have priorities in lennongrad,pulpmills to build for a (!),vic footy teams,race tracks,timber mills for foreign companies etc.stick a couple of extra newspapers over you terry,youll be right.

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