Going Home, Staying Home: Shaun and Hayley

4 May, 2017

Wattle Tree House’s Real Impact on Homelessness

They were once called “Itchy and Scratchy” and most Bathurst crisis services had washed their hands of them.

For Shaun Peters and Hayley Spice, it was the end of the road.

They’d lost their children, and were homeless and addicted to heroin.

But Bathurst’s main housing support service, Wattle Tree House, took them on, despite their reputation.

The service is run by the Orange Local Aboriginal Land Council, and targets adults and families in need of help.

Wattle Tree House, Bathurst NSW. Image: OurMob
Shaun Peters and Hayley Spice. Image: OurMob


We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of the lands where we work as well as across the lands we travel through. We also acknowledge our Elders past, present and emerging.

Artwork Credit: Craig Cromelin, from a painting he did titled, "4 favourite fishing holes". It is a snippet of his growing years on the Lachlan River, featuring yabby, turtle, fish and family.