Former Labor leader Bill Shorten teams up with a Melbourne butcher to deliver halal care packages to residents locked up in social housing towers.
Nine towers in Flemington and North Melbourne were incarcerated on Saturday in an effort to slow the spread of the corona virus, leaving 3,000 residents unable to leave their apartments for at least five days for any reason.
Some residents locked up in the towers have complained that they have not received enough food and supplies, so Shorten took it upon himself to deliver some on Monday.
The former opposition leader shared photos of himself and local butcher Macca Halal Foods delivering food to Flemington.
Former Labor leader Bill Shorten teams up with a Melbourne butcher to deliver Halal care packages to residents locked up in social housing towers
The former opposition leader took to Twitter to share photos of him and local butcher Macca Halal Foods (pictured) who delivered the food to Flemington
Bill Shorten can be seen at 120 Racecourse Road Commission flat housing in Flmeington after care packages are delivered
“Community at its best,” tweeted Mr. Shorten.
“Thanks to the local butcher Macca Halal Foods, these care packages ended up at the Flemington Towers.”
Images show Mr. Shorten wearing a face mask and carrying boxes of supplies to and from buildings.
Confirmed instances of COVID-19 in the towers have nearly doubled, from about 27 on Sunday to 53 on Monday from about 400 tests, as tests increase and police continue to patrol the entrances and corridors.
The state government says it has distributed 3,000 meals, 1,000 food packages, and 250 personal care packages to residents.
Meanwhile, FareShare has provided over 3,000 prepared meals and 4,500 pastries.
The government is also supplying bread and milk to residents after Sunday’s staples were missing from the barriers.
There are concerns that thousands of residents locked in the towers still have not received enough food and supplies, so Mr. Shorten took it upon himself to deliver supplies on Monday
Former opposition leader Bill Shorten is seen talking to someone outside the residential towers in Flemington
Abdirahman Ibrahim, who lives in the Racecourse Road tower, told AAP that his family shouldn’t have a box of groceries yet, but that they have been given a bottle of milk and a bottle of milk.
Ahmed Dini, a North Melbourne tower resident and social worker, told ABC News Breakfast that some residents had not received groceries on Monday morning.
Residents have shared images on social media of outdated meals, food lying on the floor, and Muslim families getting pork.
Emma King, CEO of the Victorian Council of Social Services, said she was concerned that culturally appropriate meals were not being provided by the government.
“We need to make sure we hear what they need directly from the residents on the estate and make sure we live up to it,” she told AAP.
A sign stuck to the window of a person who was trapped in the flats of the Living Committee in Flemington on Monday
Images show that Mr. Shorten wears a face mask on Monday and carries boxes of supplies to and from buildings
Police patrol Monday in the housing committee flats at 120 Racecourse Road in Flemington
Ms King also noted that residents received copies of public health regulations or “detention guidelines” on Sunday evening, leading to confusion over the length of the shutdown that could last as long as 14 days.
“All of us, if the police are knocking on the door and handing over a detention report we can’t understand, that would be really scary,” she said.
“It is a very fine, delicate balance. First and foremost, we need to save lives, but we need to ensure that people get the support they need and that they are not afraid during the process. ‘
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said he wanted to reassure everyone in the towers.
Angry tower dwellers place signs in their windows with reports of despair amid a complete and total closure of 9 high-rise towers of the living committee in North Melbourne and Flemington
Towers in the suburbs of Flemington (photo), Kensington and North Melbourne are closed for five days
“It literally employs hundreds of thousands of people – from the police to social workers, to nurses and doctors, all the way to people who work in our supermarkets, people who work in commercial kitchens … they all do their utmost,” he said.
He added that halal meals have been distributed by the Victorian Trades Hall in partnership with the social enterprise Moving Feast.
Sikh organizations have also positioned themselves outside the towers, offering hot vegetarian meals to the residents.
Manpreet Singh, vice president of Sikh Volunteers Australia, said they served fresh vegetarian meals and brought about 650 servings from their base in Cranbourne.
“We’ve already served nearly 400 meals (around 7pm),” he said on Sunday.
The Asylum Seeker Resource Center has prepared 2,000 cultural meals it plans to distribute in the coming days.
Food supplies are delivered to the Flemington Towers Government Housing complex on Monday amid complaints from those trapped in it
Protesters holding protest signs gathered outside the commission’s flats on Monday