Dear Mr Premier,
ATTENTION: Campbell Newman
YESTERDAY I was invited down to Lazy Acres Caravan Park in Hervey Bay to meet with residents who have called the park home for many years.
To give you a perspective of just who I was talking to I have included a picture of Clarrie and Ailsa Chappel.
Both are 85 years of age and have lived in a caravan at the park for almost 30 years.
Ailsa served her country as a member of the Australian Women's Army Service in the Second World War and Clarrie worked for years in Brisbane with Trans Australian Airways.
Until Monday morning they were a contented couple living out their years in Hervey Bay.
They have never complained about their lot, even though Alisa is vision impaired and Clarrie has a respiratory problem, which means he has to be on oxygen almost 24 hours a day.
Unfortunately, a letter from your government has thrown their life into turmoil. As you would be aware that letter told them their park is going up for sale and the only guarantee you can give them is that they won't have to move for 18 months after the sale.
They had hoped local state member Ted Sorensen would be writing this letter to you, but unfortunately he has decided to back the sale of their park.
I would like you to tell the Chappels and the other 60 permanent residents in the park why people such as them, who rely on low-cost housing, may have to pay thousands of dollars to move, then for you to have to spend thousands of dollars finding them new accommodation.
Surely it makes sense to leave them in peace where they are, to look after our most needy citizens and to look for better opportunities elsewhere to raise money.
Is money so important to your government that you would crush the spirit and hopes of people such as Clarrie and Ailsa?
If you are losing money on the park, hand it over to the Fraser Coast Council for $1 and let them show you how to properly run and administer a caravan park such as the four parks they currently own.
It's your choice Mr Newman, please make the right one by the people. Remember you were elected by the people, for the people.
We look forward to running your reply to our letters.
Peter Chapman, Editor
Fraser Coast Chronicle
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