Bendigo Street occupiers sign land lease with traditional owners

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Since March 30, members of the Homeless Persons Union Victoria and other activists have been occupying a property on Bendigo St, Collingwood. The Victorian government purchased properties as part of the now-cancelled the East West Link.

On April 26, the occupiers of #2 and #12 Bendigo St signed a land lease agreement with the Kulin Nation Embassy, currently situated at #4 Bendigo St. This agreement formally recognises the Kulin Nation as the sovereign owners of the land on which Bendigo Street stands.

Meanwhile, the Salvation Army has avoided public comment on allegations it has housed its own employees in properties promised to house the homeless on Bendigo Street.

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