Nottle is walking 700km from Melbourne to Canberra to raise awareness for homelessness and related issues, particularly in rural areas.
Nottle, accompanied by a support crew including wife Sandra and daughter Kineisha, started walking from Bourke St Mall, Melbourne on Friday 8 September and is expected to take 40 days, finishing in Canberra on Monday 16 October 2017.
Along the way he plans to meet as many people as possible to gather support and raise funds to help the homeless.
Nottle is officer in charge of Melbourne Project 614, which supports people affected by a range of addictions, those suffering from serious mental health issues and long term rough sleepers.
The walk will allow Nottle to talk to communities like ours to gather information at the grass roots levels, which will be used for a report he’s presenting to federal politicians when he arrives in Canberra.
Melbourne Lord Mayor, Cr Robert Doyle is supporting Nottle’s walk and Melbourne Project 614, telling Herald Sun journalist John Masanauskas that
“Brendan Nottle is someone who has given his life to the service of others, in particular the most marginalised and vulnerable among us,” he said.
The report will challenge our federal leaders to work with state governments and local communities to develop a comprehensive national strategy on housing and homelessness.
Murrindindi Mayor Charlie Bisset, Deputy Mayor Sandice McAulay, and Councillors Rebecca Bowles, Margaret Rae and Eric Lording with CEO Margaret Abbey also attending.
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