I have some good news to report on this blog after what seems like months of bitching and moaning.
In what has been almost 2 years in the making I finally have a place to call my own in the city of Brisbane! I cannot overstate what a life changing piece of news this is. Best of all, it comes from the Housing Commission, which means that the rent is cheap and affordable. The unit is close to city, my uni, has easy access to public transport and is located a kilometre from one of Brisbane's biggest shopping centres. The unit itself is fully wheelchair accessible, and I don’t have to pay money to do any alterations. The only work it needs is to have an automatic door installed so I can come and go from the unit safely, which the government is paying for. The only drawback to this is that I have to wait 10 weeks to move in.
Possibly my favourite aspect of the unit is that it has two bedrooms that are for my use exclusively. Due to the rent being cheap, I don’t have to share the unit with anyone, with the second bedroom being known henceforth as ‘Todd’s Office’ The office will store my trusty Mac and my ever growing library of political texts, non fiction books on popular culture and classic novels.
Given the political climate in Queensland this outcome was totally unexpected. From past experience both my parents and I knew that we couldn’t afford to buy and renovate an existing place to suit my very particular needs. In order to renovate the bathroom it would have cost me between $20K and $30K alone, assuming that every other room fit my requirements. This cost would have been on top of the purchase price.
It seems a bit of luck came my way, after what has been such a difficult time. For the first time in 28 years I am in charge of my life, finally.