Val Wilson has been given one month to vacate from the caravan park she has been living in.
Val Wilson has been given one month to vacate from the caravan park she has been living in. Warren Lynam

The Coast grandmother staring at the face of homelessness

IN JUST three weeks, Val Wilson faces the prospect of being homeless.

The Military Jetty Caravan Park resident was told last week by the park manager she had a month to vacate as her caravan was assessed by council to have structural defects which she couldn't afford to fix.

The caravan is no longer moveable due to a hard annex.

With nowhere to go and her 80th birthday fast approaching, Ms Wilson is desperate to find a new home.

The park is currently up for sale with a development approval for 27 units so Ms Wilson said she knew she would eventually have to leave, but thought she'd have more time.

Today, a friend of Ms Wilson helped her pack her life and memories into boxes after calling the park home for the past six years.

Despite working with the Department of Housing to find a new home, even looking so far as Brisbane, Ms Wilson has had no luck which she puts down to her single pension income.

The stress of the situation has taken its toll on Ms Wilson, who said this wasn't how she imagined her life as a soon-to-be octogenarian.

"I've got to go anyway, I'm over it all," she said.

"I'm just making myself ill... it's just one thing after another.

"I just want to get into my own place."

An interstate trip to see her son will offer some reprieve from the stress, but a dejected Ms Wilson said "what will be, will be".

Minister for Housing Michael de Brenni previously committed to helping the tenants of Military Jetty by asking the Housing Department to "lead an approach across a number of government agencies... including finding suitable accommodation and helping with relocation".

When Mr de Brenni was approached for comment on Ms Wilson's situation, a spokesperson said a Department of Housing representative was helping her inspect a property today.

Caloundra MP Mark McArdle also ran an information session last week for the park's permanent residents who risk losing their homes should the park sell to get them up to speed on their rental rights.

Expressions of interest for the sale of Military Jetty Caravan Park closed earlier this month, but a property agent yesterday confirmed it's not yet sold.

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