GET OUT OF TOWN: Council asks homeless man to move on
A HOMELESS man who has lived in Dalby his entire life has been told to move on by Western Downs Regional Council.
For the past four months, Larry Harman has been living on the bank of Myall Creek.
Mr Harman was recently approached by a council employee and given notice to relocate somewhere that wasn't under council jurisdiction within the town boundary by Friday.
With most land in town either privately owned or run by the council, Mr Harman has been forced to pack up his belongings and leave Dalby.
"It's pretty sad I've got to go. I really love it here, you've got all the wildlife; kangaroos, possums, wallabies, echidnas.
"I'm going to miss it because I'm close to shops, now I'll have to get lifts into town to be able to get things."
Mr Harman said he believed the council could have handled the situation a bit more delicately.
"They probably could have showed me more support but that's the way it goes.
"I was thinking about staying here and not moving, but it might get a bit rough... they've made their minds up."
The 56-year-old took pride in his makeshift home.
"I've filled up a wheelie bin about eight times with all of the rubbish I find along the creek," he said.
"I do both sides of it and go right down around the corner. I've dodged snakes a few times."
Resident David Smiles walks the creek regularly and had become mates with Mr Harman.
Mr Smiles said he was shocked by the council's actions, saying life on the streets would be hard enough without being kicked while you were down.
He said the council needed to look at places such as Sydney, which had hundreds of homeless people lining the streets, but they were not treated as second-class citizens.
"You can't just toss them out like that," he said.
"They don't do it in cities, they treat them with dignity... they're people.
"If they are going to relocate people they need to do it in a much more sympathetic manner.
"You can't just walk up to him and say 'go', that's heartless."
Mr Smiles helped relocate Mr Harman earlier today.
The Dalby Herald approached the Western Downs Regional Council in regards to Larry Harman's situation and they supplied the following statement:
"We understand that Larry has recently been approached by local crisis support services offering him their support, which he has chosen not to take up," the spokesperson said.
"To ensure the safety and wellbeing of both Larry and our community, he has been visited by council staff who have encouraged him to find a safer place to stay."