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New South Wales Homeless Children's Association

The New South Wales Homeless Children's Association was formed in 1980. It was an advocacy body for homeless youth and ran a shelter for homeless children and youth in Darlinghurst from 1981 until 1983. In 1983 it established Forest Farm Community at Mangrove Mountain.

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The New South Wales Homeless Children's Association was founded by Rod Blackmore, a Senior Children's Court Magistrate, amongst others, in 1980. The Association had a hostel in Darlinghurst and set up Mangrove Mountain Crown Reserve for Homeless and Needy Young Persons, also known as Forest Farm, in 1983. The scheme was intended to counter youth homelessness and unemployment by establishing a kibbutz-style village. The scheme was opposed by local residents but survived until around 1990 when it was taken over by the Uniting Church.

Prepared by: Naomi Parry