Max Woodhouse spent two weeks living out of his boat with his wife and six children Seth, 9, Faith, 6, Hope, 4, Natalie, 3, Hannah, 2, and (not pictured) Isabel, six months.
Max Woodhouse spent two weeks living out of his boat with his wife and six children Seth, 9, Faith, 6, Hope, 4, Natalie, 3, Hannah, 2, and (not pictured) Isabel, six months. Megan Pope

Family of eight waiting for a home

A MARYBOROUGH family's wait for government housing reached breaking point last week after the boat they were living out of sank in the Mary River.

Max Woodhouse and his family took up in the old boat as a last resort more than two weeks ago, when tensions at their temporary accommodation reached breaking point.

"My wife and I had decided to take the kids camping for a week, because the housing situation we were in wasn't good," he said.

"We were only supposed to be living with our friend for a few weeks in early 2011, until we got a housing commission home.

"But those weeks turned into months and here we are still waiting to hear back."

Mr Woodhouse said he had lost count of how many forms he had filled out trying to get his family into emergency accommodation.

"Honestly, I've probably filled out one once a week for a year," he said.

"Because we've been waiting more than a year.

"It's ridiculous."

Originally from Glenwood, Mr Woodhouse and his family relocated to Maryborough after last year's floods.

They were dealt another cruel blow last week when the boat they were living out of sank in the Mary River.

"I'd tied up the boat and taken my wife and kids back to where we were staying," Mr Woodhouse said.

"When I came back I saw it was half under water and that all of our possessions had washed down the river.

"It was really just another kick in the back."

"On Friday, I went into all of the housing accommodation offices asking them to find us somewhere to stay," he said.

"They told me we were on the top of the list and if we were any higher we'd fall off.

"We are just really sick of waiting.

"All we want is a stable home for our kids."



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