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A safe space in Salamanca

The Salvation Army’s (Salvos) new Rest and Recovery Marquee provides a safe space for late night revellers in the Salamanca district to seek assistance from volunteers and recuperate.

Supported by the City of Hobart, the marquee ensures Salvos Street Teams volunteers are equipped to provide support and assistance through small water bottles, vomit bags, emergency footwear and hot drinks.

The initiative also aims to alleviate demand on emergency services and provide a safe space for people who are mildly intoxicated and don’t require medical attention.

Salvation Army Northern Tasmania team leader Anita Reeve said the City of Hobart had been a key partner in the Street Teams program for almost a decade.

“The Salvation Army is extremely grateful for the ongoing support from the City of Hobart, including their recent donation of a marquee, which has made the rest and recovery space possible,” she said.

“The team of volunteers work alongside onsite security, Tasmania Police, paramedics and the Hobart City Council to offer a multi-faceted approach to public safety by de-escalating conflicts, providing first aid and offering a space for rest.”

The marquee will be used alongside the Street Teams Coffee Cart supported by the Tasmanian Community Fund and Hydration Station and supplies provided by the Rotary Club of Bellerive.

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Simon is a passionate journalist and finds joy in uncovering and sharing locally resonant stories, immersing himself in the hearts of communities. He can often be spotted out and about sourcing grassroots news for the Hobart Observer and its sister papers.

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