OUR SAY: A simple matter of dignity

GIVEN the amount of coverage over the past eight years afforded the plight of public housing tenants impacted by uncertainty about their futures, it would have been expected the latest issues at Woombye Caravan Park would be handled differently.

The park has been held in both private and state government hands during that time with commitments given when it was eventually sold by the Newman Government in 2014, that it would continue to function as a caravan/mobile home park.

It would seem a simple act of compassion that when the sites occupied by seven, long-term, aged tenants were up for redevelopment that would displace them, that they be treated with dignity.

There is little of that for an 83-year-old tenant told by letter he has two months to vacate with a caravan now attached to a hard-stand annexe that hasn't moved a centimetre in 16 years.

That the letter contained the mobile contact number of a manager who was not contactable, on holidays and not due to return to work until a week later did in no way relieve the vulnerability the tenant felt at that moment and every moment since its receipt.

Life does not deal everyone the same cards.

The most vulnerable among us also require, as do we all, a place to live.

For some though even a place to confidently park a van and to try and make best of what they have is more than they are allowed to expect.

Topics:  caravan park pensioner public housing

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