Robina Todd, who lost all her belongings when her van went up in flames, and her two dogs.
Robina Todd, who lost all her belongings when her van went up in flames, and her two dogs. Christian Morrow

UPDATE: Robina sleeping in church shelter after losing home

UPDATE:

BYRON woman Robina Todd is now relying on local charities to get by after her motor home, the Black Pearl was burnt out on Monday night.

“Not much has progressed, the police didn’t go out to do anything yesterday,” she said.

“I just slept on the streets last night in the shelter of a church. I got a sleeping bag off Vinnies and a couple of items of food so I am pretty happy considering.

Ms Todd and her dogs Bear and Solo were at the Byron Bay Transit Centre this morning with some home-made signs looking for support from passers-by.

She intends staying in town for the time being.

“I am pretty numb at the moment and don’t have the energy to do a lot.”

INITIAL:

BYRON Bay woman Robina Todd has lost all her possessions and her beloved “Black Pearl” motorhome after it was destroyed in a fire last night.

The 40ft black motorhome, nicknamed the Black Pearl, was a well-known vehicle on the streets of Byron Bay.

But it burnt to the ground overnight while parked at Belongil, and Ms Todd is devastated.

“I’ve lost everything,” she said.

A photo of the burnt out bus in Byron Bay.
A photo of the burnt out bus in Byron Bay. Byron Bay - For Locals Facebook

“I’ve had three heart attacks and I bought this motorhome so I could relax and recover,” Ms Todd said.

“But now all my belongings are gone. I have nothing left. I have no idea what I’m going to do and I have nowhere to go.”

Ms Todd has drawn criticism from some people in the community, who claim that she illegally camps in the Black Pearl on the streets of Byron, but she said the town had been her home for 13 years and she had no plans to leave.

A photo of the incinerated Black Pearl was posted on the Byron Bay - For Locals Facebook page today.

Many of the comments have been in support of Ms Todd.

“That is shocking. Some people have relentlessly hounded/trolled this bus, without foundation. Happy now?” Anny Hartog posted.

Lucy Ashley wrote: “OMG this is terrible. If it was deliberate, everyone who has been posting images and rumours about the owner of this bus as recently as last weekend should damn well hang their heads in shame.”

Katrina Thurlow said: “I doubt anyone would have done it deliberately. I hate her illegal camping. But no way would I wish any harm on her or her property.”



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