Goodna Street Life Presents Carols in The Park

Carols in The Park

Goodna Street Life presents Carols in The Park on the 8th December 2018 at the Evan Marginsons Park Goodna from 4pm - 9pm.

This is a time that we can give back to the community and what better way than putting on a free community event that captures the heart and spirit of Christmas, President Helen Youngberry said.

The idea came from members of the community reaching out and asking if we were doing anything special for Christmas.  Each year we hold a Kids Christmas Party and hand out gifts to children up to 12 years old which we are doing on the 16th December at our centre, but then our team of volunteers sat down and thought, what about a community Carols in The Park and the idea was born.

Who doesn't love a Christmas Carol, volunteer Kerryn Thorne said, and with this statement, the planning began.

Christmas is a very stressful time for allot of people and families and it is a time when people can really struggle, Vice President Steven Purcell said.

More information will be posted on our Facebook page and also on our website as we really kick it into overdrive in November to make this happen.


'Food, clothes, blankets': Winter appeal to help homeless

Winter appeal to help homeless

THERE'S an easy way you can help the homeless this winter.

McGrath Springfield has launched a Help the Homeless Appeal to support Goodna Street Life Helping Hands Centre and are asking for people to donate food and sanitary items as well as warm clothes and blankets.

Principal Steve Hodgson said he wanted to help after learning about the Goodna Street Life vending machines.

In March the Goodna Street Life op-shop installed a 24 hour vending machine providing food and sanitary items for just 10 cents to those in need.

"A lot of people wouldn't know there's homeless people in our community," Mr Hodgson said.

"Some are just trying to get a roof over their head every night.

"We did a book drive and it went well we got over 700 books so we thought we could do a food drive for vending machine and cold weather items.

"Each and everyday our role as real estate agents is to find a home for people, whether that's one to buy or one to rent but we also understand for a variety of reasons many in our community don't have that luxury.

"That's why as we head towards the cooler months, the team at McGrath Springfield will be collecting food items, warm clothes and accessories to help those within the region who need it to the most.

"Items can be dropped off at our office until Friday June 8. We thank you in advance for your generosity and much needed support in this appeal."

There are plans to install more vending machines if successful. The Goodna Street Life op-shop is located at 29 Queen Street, Goodna.

Vending machine friendly items:

  • Tin spaghetti 220g
  • Baked beans 220g
  • Poppers
  • Water 200ml
  • Tuna 95g
  • Tuna and crackers
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Museli bars
  • Sultanas
  • Individual coffee sachets
  • Hot chocolate sachets
  • Two minute noodles
  • Individually wrapped biscuits
  • Femine hygiene products.

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17th May 2018 11:28 AM 

Small op-shops hit back: "We're still about the community"

Small op-shops hit back

SMALL independent op-shops are hitting back, saying they continue to offer cheap prices despite reports otherwise.

Following an article in last week's QT about op-shops becoming unaffordable, Goodna Street Life said it wasn't fair to generalise about all op-shops and that many smaller, independent charities still kept their prices low to benefit the local community.

GSL vice president Steven Purcell said while some larger charity stores may be charging more for certain products, all the of items sold at his op-shop were still very affordable and well under retail prices.

"Because we are fully independent and local, all the donations we receive we price to suit the need in our community," Mr Purcell said.

"Our furniture that we sell for example, most of it is sold for $10 or less and the most expensive item we've ever sold was a brand new fridge for $100.

"We usually check on Gumtree to see what prices they're going for and make sure that we're actually beating that.

"A lot of the furniture we receive is given away through our partnership with places like Mission Australia and Auscare Community Services etc who are able to provide the items for free to anybody in need of support."

Mr Purcell said while he could understand the commercial pressures faced by some of the larger chains, he agreed they needed to keep in mind the reason behind their operations.

"We like to keep our products incredibly cheap because that's the purpose of an op-shop- they're supposed to be for the community," Mr Purcell said.

"One of our goals for Goodna Street Life was not to be a corporate op-shop like some of the other charities out there- not that we have anything against them as they do great work in the community, but our goal is to serve the local community and that's why we price and operate the way we do.

"It is difficult to run a charity and we often struggle to pay the rent because of commercial realities we have to face, so for a big organisation like Vinnies I understand to a degree why they do what they do.

"In saying that though, I do actually feel that's the problem with op-shops and completely agree that in following this corporate agenda, they have detached themselves from the objective of an op-shop- to help people who can't afford to shop get access to every day things you need to get through life."

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6th Mar 2018 10:00 AM

Vending machine providing hope and dignity for homeless

AN IPSWICH charity is helping make life on the street a bit easier for those in need. The Goodna Street Life op-shop has just installed a 24 hour vending machine which provides food and sanitary items for just 10 cents for the community.

GSL vice president Steven Purcell said they got the idea for the vending machine after seeing a similar initiative rolled out overseas.  "We saw the model they did in the UK which was great and thought it was something we wanted to do locally," Mr Purcell said.

"We sourced a local gentleman who was selling reconditioned machines from the hospitals and from there put a call out to the community for donations.

"Every day somebody can come into the shop and get five 10 cent pieces to use in the machine.  "We've made it as cheap as possible to make sure it's accessible and affordable."
The initiative only came about two weeks ago and is the only known vending machine in Queensland to provide such a service.

Mr Purcell said the larger goal behind the machine was to help people on the street break the cycle of homelessness and to help restore their independence.  "We give away food and hygiene packs already, but this machines allows people to build and maintain some dignity in themselves," Mr Purcell said.

"A big issue for people living on the street is there is a sense of shame in not being able to take care of yourself.  "Having items they can come and purchase for 10 cents makes it incredibly affordable, but also something they can take control of and take some pride in."

The vending machine is a trial but if successful, Mr Purcell said they would look into installing more machines around the community.  "We want this to be accessible to people in need around the community and would eventually even like to have refrigerated models to provide fresh food," Mr Purcell said.

"We hope to also introduce a swipe card system where people can be registered with us which will give them access to five items in a day at any of the machines.  The Goodna Street Life op-shop is located at 29 Queen Street, Goodna.

For more information about the vending machine, visit the GSL op-shop Facebook page: or call: 0455 995 561.

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