Proposed Alice Springs by-laws would allow rangers to take homeless people’s blankets away from them, an Alice Springs alderman says.
The council last night voted unanimously to put a raft of controversial by-laws out for public consultation.
The proposed changes include $130 fines for beggars and a crackdown on camping in the dry Todd River bed.
Many Indigenous people live rough in Alice Springs, where the temperature often drops down to about zero degrees Celsius on winter nights.
They often stash their blankets somewhere during the day.
Alderman Jane Clark says rangers can currently remove the blankets but the new by-laws would let rangers throw them away, rather than return them to an Indigenous organisation.
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