Abandoned Splendour tents saved, donated to homeless
SARAH Walker and Bianca Zingus, with the help of others, were literally racing a garbage truck in an attempt to salvage tents left at Splendour in the Grass.
Six volunteers managed to save 60 tents from one paddock including chairs, tables, eskies, lights, and blow-up beds at the Splendour site in Byron Bay.
They were collected by workers from On Track Community Programs (OTCP) and Connecting Home, and helped by community volunteers.
The tents were sorted, cleaned and repacked to be passed on to those in need of temporary shelter.
It was a race against the cleaning crew, who were working round the clock on site once the festival finished.
OTCP housing and homelessness manager, Sarah Walker, said they were looking to expand their salvage to a second paddock next year.
"We managed to grab a couple of 12-man tents which were basically new," she said.
"People fly into the festival, pool their money and a buy a tent.
"The problem is they can't take the tent back with them on the plane.
"We had a small window of an hour to salvage what we could.
"But I would like to mention that the marshals were absolutely wonderful in the way they helped us."
Ms Walker said low vacancy rates and unaffordable housing meant people with social issues also faced housing problems.
She said the community could play an important part in assisting people during a time of need.
It all coincided with Homelessness Week and the Homelessness Connect Day, which saw more than 150 people attend the Winsome yesterday.
Clothing, blankets, towels and toiletries were handed out in conjunction with haircuts, meals and a drum circle.