HOMELESSNESS — BOORLOO BIDEE MIA SERVICE
928. Hon WILSON TUCKER to the parliamentary secretary
representing the Minister for Community Services:
I refer to the newly opened Boorloo
Bidee Mia homeless hostel.
(1) Since opening, what is the
rolling average of available beds each night?
(2) Since opening, what is the
rolling average of residents each night?
(3) What is the maximum capacity of
Hon SAMANTHA ROWE replied:
I thank the member for some notice
of the question and provide the following answer on behalf of the Minister for
(1)–(2) There is no ''rolling average''.
Boorloo Bidee Mia differs from a walk-in or drop-in shelter model, as it seeks
to provide longer-term accommodation, together with individualised, wraparound
supports that promote a therapeutic model to
aid transition into permanent, stable living arrangements. While currently
operational and servicing clients, Boorloo Bidee Mia is still undergoing
minor building works to enable full service capacity. The occupation of the
service will be a gradual process and individuals will be selected carefully to ensure that the right cohort of people are
engaged and the safety and wellbeing of residents and staff are
maintained. As part of the budget estimates process in the Legislative Council,
the minister has committed to providing occupancy details by way of supplementary
(3) The total
number of residents accommodated at Boorloo Bidee Mia at any given time will be
dependent on the support needs of residents, with the delivery of a safe,
culturally appropriate and effective service being a priority at all times. The
service will continue to expand its capacity in coming months.