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A BAYSWATER ranger went above and beyond in helping out a homeless woman and her three kids sleeping in Bardon Park in Maylands.

In this week’s “councillor’s column” published in the council newsletter, Michelle Sutherland tells the tale of security officer Radomir Petrovic who came across the mum and her kids aged 6, 9 and 13 sleeping in their car.

“After speaking with the woman who was crying and distressed because she lost her car keys, Mr Petrovic posted a Facebook request for assistance on Perth Beer Economy,” Cr Sutherland reports.

• Radomir Petrovic helped a woman and her three kids find a place to stay using the Perth Beer Economy. Photo by David Bell. Right: Cr Michelle Sutherland publicly praised the ranger’s intervention.

• Radomir Petrovic helped a woman and her three kids find a place to stay using the Perth Beer Economy. Photo by David Bell. Right: Cr Michelle Sutherland publicly praised the ranger’s intervention.

The PBE is a quirky page where 65,000 punters trade booze for goods: Brandon from Ellenbrook might take a carton of bourbon for his heavy punching bag, while Alec in Beechboro might be happy with a six-pack of Guinness for a pair of gates.

When Mr Petrovic posted on the site no-one wanted payment: instead, the internet community rushed out with a flood of freebies. “He was overwhelmed with the response, people offering food, accommodation,” Cr Sutherland regales.

“A fantastic outcome was achieved. The family are currently staying in Armadale temporarily.”

Meanwhile, the Perth Beer Economy folk continue to help each other out: this week Rory from Marmion posted “Sorry admin but I am struggling… I will pay beers for who can talk to me outta my depressive mind”. He received dozens of offers to chat and 150-odd messages of support, along with numbers to Lifeline.

Member Russell Pinker summed it up in one post: “We may all be piss-heads but in times of need we are one and we band together and help. This group brings so many people together and develops friendships along the way.”

by DAVID BELL

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