Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Former Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Women's Interests; Youth

    The Big Issue on Albany streets

    26/10/2012 12:00 AM
    • Minister launches magazine helping the homeless
    • The Big Issue creates employment and income for marginalised in community
    Today is a pivotal day for Albany residents, who will now be able to buy a copy of the well-known The Big Issue magazine on their local streets.

    Community Services Minister Robyn McSweeney today launched the magazine in Albany by selling some of the first copies to locals at the corner of York Street and Peel Terrace.

    “The Big Issue is one of Australia’s leading social enterprises, providing opportunities for homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people to make positive changes in their lives,” Mrs McSweeney said.

    “I am delighted this magazine has come to the Great Southern and encourage all residents to support the vendors and buy a copy as they walk past.”

    The Big Issue is a fortnightly magazine sold by authorised street vendors, who may be homeless, have physical or intellectual disabilities or are marginalised in some way and are looking to improve their lives.

    Vendors earn half of the $5 sale price of the magazine and have reported positive outcomes from becoming a vendor, including an increased sense of self-worth and connection with the rest of society.

    The magazine is already sold across Western Australia by about 70 vendors and it aims to provide employment to people experiencing homelessness; long-term unemployment; or social isolation in regional communities.
    “Since its launch in 1996, The Big Issue vendors in Australia have sold more than seven million magazines with more than $15million going into the pockets of Australia’s homeless and disadvantaged,” the Minister said.

    “So it is great news that from today this wonderful magazine is available in Albany.”
          Fact File
    • The Big Issue also sold in Perth, Fremantle, Bunbury, Busselton and Margaret River
    • October marks 10th anniversary of The Big Issue in WA
    Minister's office - 6552 6500