Port Phillip Council supports residents of The Gatwick Hotel

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Council Statement

The City of Port Phillip is working with the Victorian Government and local agencies to support the residents of The Gatwick Hotel ahead of the impending closure of the facility. 

The Gatwick Hotel’s closure will be a bitter-sweet moment for the City of Port Phillip as it has long been a refuge for some of our community’s most vulnerable people.  

For over 40 years the Gatwick has helped prevent people from sleeping rough. However, reported anti-social behaviour associated with the hotel has increased concerns about the safety of all residents, including those who call the Gatwick home.  

The closure of the Gatwick will result in a loss of up to 80 beds providing crisis accommodation on any given night. This requires an emergency response from the Victorian Government as even more people may end up sleeping rough on our streets if they have nowhere to go after the Gatwick closes.  

We will do everything in our power, alongside the Department of Health and Human Services, to assist the people impacted by any closure of The Gatwick.  

Under the City of Port Phillip’s Rooming House Closure Protocol, Council will work with responsible agencies to develop a plan to look after the interests of the residents of the Gatwick.  

I (Cr Bernadene Voss) would like to acknowledge the contribution of the owners’ twin sisters Yvette Kelly and Rose Banks to those in need for more than four decades.  

We are a local government leader in providing and supporting affordable housing and we look forward to working with the Victorian Government to grow the supply of affordable housing in Port Phillip to help address this complex issue.

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