A resident in one of the Melbourne towers that have been placed under strict lockdown has given insight into how the residents are being treated.
In a video uploaded to social media site TikTok on Wednesday, a user by the name of @vintagechocolate shared images of food deliveries, showing expired food and images of plastic bags filled with frozen curry placed on the doorstep of residents.
“I’ve been holding this video back since day one of lockdown, but it’s time you know the truth,” the resident captioned the video.
“The government said they were going to take care of us,” he said.
Explaining that none of the 3000 residents are allowed to leave their homes for any reason, the Melbourne man said they were totally reliant on the government to bring them resources and food.
He explained that donations from charities and community groups had been rejected by the “500 fully armed police” guarding the units and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
In the video, images of what appears to be large vacuum sealed bags of frozen food with expired use by dates is shown left on the ground.
Residents have also been vocal about the lack of consideration for culturally appropriate meals and dietary requirements.
“Most of the food was expired, we didn’t know whether it was halal, we didn’t know if it was clean, it’s disgusting,” the man explains.
The upset resident takes aim at the government for failing to prepare for the lockdown properly and suggests the residents have been treated poorly because they are living in public housing.
“How can you put 3000 people into lockdown and not have the proper resources?
“Just because we are less privileged does not mean we have no human rights”.
A DHHS spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia that they had been working with several community groups and retailers to provide “healthy and nutritious” food to the residents regularly.
“Through these partnerships, and together with local councils, food hampers, personal care packs and meals have been delivered to residents regularly.
“The government has also worked with community leaders and family members to facilitate the provision of donated, culturally appropriate food to residents,” a DHHS spokesperson said.
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