It’s a hot humid day in the bush outside Darwin, ABC News reports.
This is no holiday camp.
This is an ad hoc long-grass bush camp on Crown Land that he shares with five other people and two dogs. This is their home.
It’s got a generator, televisions, fans, solar panels, a bar fridge, and lights.
The two dogs are the security.
Apart from cyclones and bushfires, biting insects are probably their most immediate threat.
Jonathan’s nickname is Yap Yap.
“Because I talk so much,” the 54-year-old said.
Yap Yap has epilepsy and a hyperactive intellectual disability and has been long-grassing in Darwin for 25 years.
“I’ve been robbed. I’ve been bashed up and pushed around. I’ve been knocked around. I’ve been dying. If it weren’t for the Salvos, we’d be struggling,” he said.
From his home in Port Wakefield, South Australia, he went through about a dozen care facilities.
“Mum and Dad put me in the boys home when I was five years old,” he said.
“They didn’t know how to handle me.”
He’s had various jobs in security roles, in community development employment projects, and in community police.
He’s been on a Territory Housing waiting list for “four to five” years.
“If the Salvos didn’t exist, my life would be a mess. We’d be left wondering how we get things fixed,” he said.
Jonathan ‘Yap Yap’ Moses at home.(ABC Radio Darwin: Conor Byrne)