Redland councillors support swags for homeless

Redland councillors have helped a local charity to bed down an innovative program rolling out swags for homeless people.

All 10 councillors dipped into their Councillor Small Grants to pool $4953 to help Swags for Homeless.

The charity's executive, Lisa Clark, who designed and made the backpack beds, demonstrated how one of the $300 swags worked at the last council meeting.

Ms Clark said 32 people sleeping rough in the city would receive the swags, which came complete with fly screens and a lockable pocket.

Welfare agencies including Redland Community Centre, Redland City Church, the Salvation Army, Bay Island Community Centre, The Cage and C3 Church will get the beds, which roll up into a back pack.

Mayor Karen Williams told the meeting Redland City had no crisis accommodation.

She said Queensland had the third highest homeless population in Australia and, although Redlands was relatively affluent, it was not immune.

"Homelessness has been an issue of concern to me for many years," she said.

"As a councillor and then as mayor, it was a reality check for me when I was first confronted by homelessness in our city and it motivated me to try to make a difference."

Cr Williams said she was the first Queensland female ambassador for St Vincent de Paul's annual CEO Sleepout Challenge, which will be on June 18.