Our guide this week: Bob C, 68, comes from Thargomindah, a small town in outback Queensland, but now lives in Sydney. He sells The Big Issue Australia and conducts walking tours to help him pay the rent, which uses up 80 per cent of his pension. He nickname is Tutu Bob because he is often seen wearing one.
Why I like living in Sydney
Because of the Aussie saying ‘Sydney or the bush’
If you are going to live in the bush make it the real bush. If the city, choose Sydney. As former PM Paul Keating said, “If you don’t live in Sydney, you’re just camping out.” I moved here with my sister and her family after my father passed away around 30 years ago. We all live within a five-minute radius and we are all fond of one another. My sister supplied me with food for 12 months, her daughter helped with rent. But I want to earn my own money so I sell The Big Issue.
My favourite area
It’s the former red-light district. The strip joints are on life-support, soon to be terminated. Unfortunately the drug pushers are still there. Now it’s not heroin but ice [crystal meth], which is a much more unpleasant product. The eccentric are welcome and respected here. There’s a market where I sell The Big Issue. You get a mix of old people, young trendy people, dog people – it’s eclectic.
The Wayside Chapel