GOOD NEWS: Coast pensioner finally finds new home
COAST pensioner Val Wilson has found a happy ending, as she settles into her new home after fearing she would end up homeless.
Ms Wilson, 79, had until next month to leave her unmoveable caravan at the Military Jetty Caravan Park due to structural defects she couldn't afford to fix.
The Department of Housing worked with Ms Wilson over a number of weeks to help her find accommodation within her price range and after some initial difficulty, she's finally found the perfect place.
The joy in Ms Wilson's voice was obvious as she described her new home, nestled behind Kawana Shoppingworld.
"It's wonderful," she said.
"It's an over 55's complex, so it's close to a lot of facilities."
The move is bitter-sweet though, as Ms Wilson prepares to say goodbye to the friends she's made in the last "seven-or-so" years living at the caravan park.
"I just guess I'll have to make some new friends and keep in touch with my old ones," she said.
But, after the park was taken off the market last week Ms Wilson will be still be able to visit.
Permanent residents at the caravan park were told in July the site was up for sale, but a recent decision to take it off the market means their housing is secure for now.
Military Jetty's owner, who lives overseas, relayed the good news through the park's manager last week.
Ms Wilson thanked the Department of Housing and Caloundra MP Mark McArdle, who helped the park's tenants when they feared their homes were in jeopardy.
Minister for Housing Michael de Brenni also assisted residents by asking the Housing Department to "lead an approach across a number of government agencies... including finding suitable accommodation and helping with relocation".