The Kids Are Alright… for now.
Word on the street is that an eviction is not expected to take place today or tomorrow, but sometime soon. Obviously, the authorities — principally those located in the pampered offices of the upper management of the University of Melbourne — will be wanting to boost Melbourne’s homeless numbers, with a minimum of resistance, and a minimum of publicity.
This may be a difficult enterprise as a:
24 Hour / 7 Day A Week Picket
has been called for. Squatters have requested expressions of solidarity in the form of staffing the picket, bringing food, drink, spare bedding, good cheer and good will.
Like the University itself, the squat is located in the heart of Carlton: 272–278 Farady Street.
Uni squatters gear up for evictions, Mex Cooper, The Age, January 7, 2009
The Student Housing Action Cooperative (SHAC) are a group of students who have formed together to take action on student housing affordability. As well as raising awareness and petitioning universities and government we have recently taken possession of four double story terrace buildings that have been vacant for three years. The property – situated at 272-8 Faraday Street, Carlton – is owned by the University Of Melbourne and we are currently in negotiations with them to have it turned into a student run housing co-operative.