A camping lights scheme in Sydney for 2017 will help to fight homelessness

Posted December 10, 2017 09:53:16A camping lights system has been set up by Sydney-based company Aeon to help fight homelessness in the city.

The $1 million scheme, which is being run by a local business called Aeon, will allow customers to purchase lights and batteries to use on the city’s streets, with a 10 per cent rebate on the cost of the items.

The Aeon lighting system, which will be installed in Sydney’s CBD, will be open to the public from January, with an initial price of $5 per night, but will be free to use for the duration of the system.

“This scheme is a response to the housing crisis in the CBD,” Aeon CEO, Alex Evers, said.

“It’s an affordable way of keeping the lights on on busy streets and provides an option for people who are homeless or have nowhere else to turn.”

The lighting system will be in place throughout the city, from CBD to outer city, with lights installed at popular venues like the Domain, Civic Square, Market and Civic Centre.

The lights will be provided free of charge to anyone who chooses to use them, but it is hoped that this will attract more people to the city who might otherwise be reluctant to share the lights with strangers.

“People can also take advantage of the lights to be able to light up a group of friends or family who have a shared space and to encourage a social atmosphere,” Mr Evers said.

The company will also provide a supply of batteries to help people make their own, in case of a power outage.

Aeon will also work with the City of Sydney to ensure that a number of the community services and amenities that are available in the City’s CBD will be available in other parts of the city as well.

Mr Evers hopes that this system will reduce the number of people sleeping rough in the central city, as well as the number who go into temporary housing.