Caravan park's 80 residents one step closer to homelessness
RESIDENTS at a Coast caravan park are calling on the State Government to address what they believe is a low-cost housing shortage amid fears they'll soon be homeless.
Military Jetty Caravan Park's permanent residents are waiting with bated breath to know if they'll be forced to move from their homes at the site which has been approved for a development of 27 units.
Expressions of interest closed last week, but real estate agents managing the sale were unable to comment on the outcome.
About 80 people live at the Golden Beach park with the majority being pensioners who are concerned the impending sale will leave them with little options for low cost housing.
A recent State Government announcement promised a $17 million investment for 243 new homes on the Coast which can also cater to seniors and pensioners thanks to the proposed construction's high accessibility standards.
But, this is little help to residents in the immediate.
Bob Wilson has lived at the park on-and-off for the past four years and said the beach-side site's atmosphere had been "doom and gloom" since being put up for sale in July.
Despite the situation, Mr Wilson said there's no feelings of animosity towards the caravan park's owner by residents - rather frustration is directed towards the State Government.
"He just wants to move on and unfortunately, we have to move on too," he said.
"We want Annastacia (Palaszczuk) to do something about this."
Mr Wilson is now calling on Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to step in and help the Military Jetty Caravan Park residents.
He said he'd sent an email to both Ms Palaszczuk and minister for housing Michael de Brenni pushing them to address the issue of pensioner housing and help the park's residents but has not received a reply.
The Daily approached Mr de Brenni about helping the Military Jetty residents and he has now committed to helping them find new homes.
"I've asked the Housing Department to lead an approach across a number of Government agencies to see what assistance can be provided to residents of Military Jetty, including finding suitable accommodation and helping with relocation," Mr de Brenni said.
"As well as public housing that is geared towards seniors, the Government offers a number of concessions including bond loans and rental grants to help people into private rental housing.
"We also work with real estate agents to help people find affordable accommodation."