A trader in a Brisbane market who can’t stay home with his family because of the drought is facing eviction.
Key points:A trader has been forced to move back to the Brisbane River Trading Post in the capital, because of his conditionA Queensland Government spokeswoman says it will consider the case on a case-by-case basisA Brisbane-based trade union representing those affected by the drought said it was considering an appeal against the eviction.
The Queensland Government has said it will reconsider the eviction after hearing a “strong case”.
“The Queensland Department of Human Services has made the decision that, given the individual’s condition, they can no longer remain in Brisbane,” a spokeswoman for the department said.
“The Department will consider a case on the basis of whether or not the individual has demonstrated their hardship and will take appropriate steps to ensure the individual can continue to live and work.”
Ms O’Hara said she had a medical emergency when the drought struck.
“I have a cardiac issue, which has caused me to have my heart removed and that’s been the main reason why I’ve been struggling with my condition,” she said.
“I was also suffering from a respiratory problem which caused me problems.”
We had a little bit of a stroke at the end of the year and that was just really challenging.
“But it was really hard because I was in a wheelchair.”‘
It’s not just my condition’A spokeswoman for Queensland’s Department of Health and Human Services said the decision was not up to the department.
“Queensland’s Department for Human Services makes the final determination on whether an individual can remain in a local community and in accordance with the relevant laws,” she told ABC Radio Brisbane.
“It’s up to each individual, and that includes the individual in question, to make that determination.”
Ms Burt said she was still considering her options.
“A lot of people in this area don’t have any resources and I have been able to make do with just a few possessions, but it’s not really enough,” she added.
“You have to be able to pay your rent and that is something I’m not able to do.”‘
I don’t know how much longer’A resident of the River Trading post in Brisbane, Ms Burt, whose name has not been published, said she did not have enough money to make a mortgage payment.
“When I first moved here, I had no money.
I was really struggling to pay the rent, so I got a job at a coffee shop and I had to make up for it,” she explained.”
In the past, I would have paid the rent in the morning and pay the bill at night, but I don’t want to do that anymore.”
Topics:housing,environment,government-and-politics,disasters-and_accidents,social-media,bullpen-4305,australiaContact Lisa McAllisterMore stories from Queensland