“I like it out in Cessnock. It’s unreal.
I wanna make it my home. It’s been nearly thirteen years of my life I’ve lived out here now.
I like the coal mines - the underground coal mines and that. I’ve researched as many as I could online. I just like it all.
When I threw in the house out at Singleton - at the end of 2017 I think it was - I left and I just stayed on the streets. I wanted to come back for the kids once things had sort-of calmed down a bit rather than re-rent.
I think my daughter might leave school and work with her mum and that so I wanna stay up here and try and support her and be here if she wants to see me in the future. And the boys and that. There’s three of them.
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. I guess they thought it was funny in a way. I don’t know how serious they were. I wondered for a while if I was going to have to get a restraining order against them … like, for their own personal safety and that.
But, I like sleeping rough. I really like it. Really. Lots of fresh air and you’re under the stars. I don’t like being boxed away in accommodation all by myself.
And I can’t find anyone to share with all that much now.
And my medical condition was going really good there for a while.
And cause that’s all I can afford on the money and that too.”