50 signatures in 10 minutes

Former Quamby House residents Mark Lambourn, Jason Salter, Brian Cain, Garth Stead and Shaun Smith collected signatures in Dean Street yesterday for a petition to save its 24/7 service. Picture: David ThorpeFORMER Quamby House residents collected signatures yesterday for a petition to save the service that saved them.

In just 10 minutes, the five men got 50 signatures of support from traders, shoppers and passer-bys on Dean Street yesterday afternoon.

Their informal ring-leader Mark Lambourn said the petitions would be given to St Vincent De Paul heads in Sydney, as well as Border MPs Sussan Ley and Greg Aplin.

Mr Lambourn, 54, was at Quamby House about two years ago.

“I had nowhere else to turn,” he said.

“I actually got back to work because I had a base.”

Mr Lambourn said the cut of the 24/7 service would mean there would be more men on the street when the Border was at its coldest.

“I can see the crime rate rising,” he said.

“I can see people coming into people’s sheds just for accommodation and warmth. It’s going to put pressure on the other services that already exist in Albury.”

The men — Mr Lambourn, Jason Salter, Garth Stead, Brian Cain and Shaun Smith — said when you went to Quamby you became part of a community.

Their time at Quamby was, for most of them, years ago, but they were in regular contact with the men they had met there.

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