Pensioner faces eviction from Yarwun property
By LEE McIVORlmcivor@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
'THEY are going to take him out in a coffin.'
Vera Willmot is concerned this will be her father's fate if the Queensland Government goes ahead with its plan to evict him from his home of 40 years.
She said her father, Tim Obodin, re- ceived a letter on December 21 notify- ing him that he had to vacate his home and notify the state Department of De- velopment and Innovation when he would do so that day.
'My father has been living here for the past 40 years and State Develop-ment is treating him with appalling disrepect and disregard,' she said.
She said the family had been negoti- ating with State Development over the purchase of the Yarwun property for the past seven years.
Under the Gladstone State Develop- ment Area buyout scheme, residents from Targinnie and Yarwun were given the option of leaving their homes in 2002, or waiting until 2007 when the government could reclaim their prop- erties.
While almost 200 properties were bought under the scheme to be used as future industrial sites, Mrs Will- mot said the family wanted to know when her father would have to leave.
'State development wants vacant possession of the property which we don't have a problem with.
'What we do have a problem with is that the department refuses to give a date by which my father has to va- cate the property,' Mrs Willmot said.
'To add insult to injury they also want Dad to vacate the property without the sale being finalised.
'My father is 65 years old and on a disability pension, and he has been stressing out over this pressure let- ter for weeks now.
'State Development thinks they can just ignore him and are basically trying to evict him from his own house.'
Mrs Willmot said her father need- ed to be given adequate notice to quit the property.
'He doesn't own any other proper- ty to move to so we have to find him accommodation.'
The Department of State Develop- ment and Innovation was not avail- able for comment yesterday.