In some ways I made it a choice of my own to move into a caravan park. I’ve been here about 18 months. I moved down here to be closer to my daughter, spend some time with her. There’s two bedrooms in my van so she sometimes stays over. I’m not in the position yet to move into a flat ‘cos I need to save for the bond.
I just started Tafe last year and I bring my paintings home to finish. It’s an ongoing cycle for me so I’m just taking it as it comes.
I’d prefer to be in a flat so when my daughter stays she doesn’t have to feel scared at night time going to the toilet or shower. There’s every type of person here so I have to look at it that way for her sake. For me, generally it’s fine. I can deal with the people around me. There’s some nice people here. We’ve all got the same problems. Even though I’m on the highway, I’m in the dark corner of the caravan park, so I don’t get too many visitors, which is good. It’s a small town really and I’m comfortable here and the caravan itself is big enough for me to do all my art and put up all my drawings. It’s easier than living in the city where I’d have to lock my place wherever I go. Here I can just shut the door and walk to the toilet or go to a friend’s caravan and stay for two hours without worrying about someone breaking into my van. Once you’ve been here a while, people keep an eye out for you.
But yeah, I’d like to move out into my own flat. I’d like to get out as soon as I could but it’s just money, you know. Money is what they want.