Toomelah family face homelessness

A TOOMELAH family in crisis contacted the Moree Champion expressing fears of homelessness after being evicted from the mission today (Tuesday, February 2).

Roslyn spoke on behalf of her family (the McGrady’s) who were allegedly evicted from their Toomelah residence by Gunida Gunyah Aboriginal Corporation.

She said the Aboriginal Lands Council had "sold the Toomelah community out”.

The partnership of Gunida Gunyah Aboriginal Corporation flourished in 2013 when Toomelah Local Aboriginal Lands Council signed a head lease with the corporation along with a sublease with Aboriginal Housing Office.

As part of the head lease residents who failed to adhere to the Building and Grow Rent Policy from 2011, were, according to Roslyn, given 30 minutes to collect personal belongings before padlocks were put on doors.

“Gunyah have said it’s over not paying rent but we have been going through court and the tribunal for I don’t know how long trying to sort it out and now, out of nowhere, these evictions take place.

“I’d say 50-odd people have been evicted out. Why can’t Gunida Gunyah come out to the mission and have a yarn to people? Try to sort it out instead of throwing people out on the street.

Roslyn said the local sheriff, police officers and two representatives from Gunida Gunyah arrived at the mission and started knocking on houses, ready with padlocks.

“My five grandchildren and their two parents were chucked out on the street, with nothing for the children; no clothes, nothing. They have to make an appointment with Gunida Gunyah to get their stuff back.

“The police said they’d charge my daughter-in-law and son for trespassing if they try to get anything from the house. We are all getting together, the whole mob, tomorrow afternoon to discuss this and try to do something for the evicted families.”

A Gunida Gunyah Aboriginal Corporation representative said those living in public housing had signed a residential tenancy agreement.

"The evictions that occurred did so  under warrants today," they said.

"Due process was afforded."

The Toomelah community took to Facebook to share the news and already various posts have spread nation-wide.

More to come...

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