Thirty-One

“It was the drinking that separated us. Very violent he was in drink.

Saying, ‘enough’, was very hard. But he was very negative and I just said to him one day, “I don’t want to be married to you anymore. Sorry.” “

Thirty

“I’ve just come out of serving six weeks at Silverwater Maximum Women’s Detention Center. I’m in a program: Miruma.”

Twenty-Eight

“It’s one thing to say it in your head but when you’re actually saying it to someone else out loud that’s when you need to make a change.

The ice life - I was done.”

Twenty-Six

“You know, I honestly believe that God always puts a person in your life when you need someone. Seek out that person. Find a true friend.”

Twenty-Five

“You’d see a lot of kids who were determined not to turn out like their parents did but some of them just couldn’t give a crap about it. I think for me, I always wanted to do something. I always wanted to make something of myself.”

Twenty-Four

“I guess it took that five years for me to toughen up; mature and to acclimatise to death. But yeah, that was probably my defining moment in nursing.”

Twenty-Three

“I had always been interested in history. Roman history in particular. I had come across Masonry and had learnt a lot previously but I’d never made that jump.”

Twenty-Two

“My biggest struggle, seeing as I’ve just moved back here, is trying to find work. At the moment I’ll take anything. I’m 18 and I’m 1500 bucks in debt. Got kicked out by the old girl and, long story short, I pinched a car and got into a car crash.”

Twenty-One

“Unless you’ve been there and seen that, people don’t appreciate even just having trees and green grass. Or appreciate that we’ve got this country with the fresh air and no fighting. That you can just walk down the street.”

Nineteen

“Well, for me, Cessnock was a big culture shock. Like, I used to go surfing every morning and then we moved here. The first weekend I was here I got my board out of the shed and I’m like, “Which way to the beach, Dad?” Cause I’d never been this far in. I couldn’t even get on the bus with my surfboard.”

Eighteen

“My last image of my Dad is him saying goodbye to me at the airport. I knew Dad had been unwell. I knew I wasn’t going to see him again. I can still cry even now. He was everything to me.“

Seventeen

“People tend to look down on the homeless wandering around with trollies … and I don’t like that. People tend to look away - treat you less - but I used to have all of the material stuff.  And I’m still the same person.”

Sixteen

“I didn’t understand why it was happening to me. I felt, like, why me? Why am I going through this? I felt angry but I think the more frightening thing for me was that I started to feel numb. Like, become numb towards the world. I didn’t feel like I belonged. Like, a person who has kind-of slipped right through the cracks.”

Fifteen

“I don’t think sleeping rough is all that tricky really. I’m still finding it pretty easy cause I’m pretty resilient towards things and that.

I’ve gotten roughed up a few times while sleeping out here. I kind-of just took it like a joke a fair few times cause I always come up pretty fresh out of it and that sort of thing. But it’s pretty confusing.”

Fourteen

“I mean, I still don’t believe I did the wrong thing. I did what any dad would do. All I did was make sure my daughter doesn’t get bullied anymore.”