News

A rental at last for fire victims

Elyse, Aubrey, Aynslie, Travis and Sandra Roberts have finally found a house to rent after their South Grafton home was damaged by fire earlier this month.
Elyse, Aubrey, Aynslie, Travis and Sandra Roberts have finally found a house to rent after their South Grafton home was damaged by fire earlier this month. Adam Hourigan

THE TORMENT is over for South Grafton's Roberts family after a fire damaged their South Grafton house earlier this month.

For three weeks Aubrey and Sandra Roberts have done the rounds of real estate agents looking for somewhere to live and late yesterday afternoon they finally had some good news.

The family, with five children, including three under the age of 10, had been staying with Mrs Roberts' eldest daughter.

"With 10 of us sharing a two-bedroom home, it was starting to wear a bit thin," Mrs Roberts said.

"Ray White Real Estate rang us and told us they had a place for us to stay. I was so happy, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. She said we could go in and sign the papers tomorrow morning."

The experience has been an eye-opener for the couple, who have owned their own homes for nearly a quarter of a century.

"I've owned my own place for 25 years and Sandra's lived here (the fire damaged house) for 23 years," Mr Roberts said.

"We weren't after charity.

"The insurance company will cover the costs of renting while they're repairing the house."

He said one of the main sticking points with agents was a lack of references as renters.

"We'd go in to apply and they'd ask us for our references and we didn't have any because we haven't rented anywhere for so long," Mr Roberts said.

Mrs Roberts said: "You would think people who had owned their home wouldn't need to go through all that."

Topics:  fire, rental, south grafton, victims




Winning, and losing, comes at a hefty price

GRASPING GOLD: Excelling at sport is ingrained in the Australian psyche, which isn't necessarily a good thing.

LIFE AS I KNOW IT: The cost of being a sporting nation

Monckton to face Group 2 judiciary

Grafton Ghosts will be sweating on a judiciary decision on Nick Monckton.

Ghosts' five-eighth sent from field for abusing match referee.

Council election candidates clear cobwebs for meeting

Council election candidate Andrew Baker says three other members of the last council: Karen Toms, Jim Simmons and Margaret McKenna should be preferenced after him on ballot paper because of their consistent opposition to plans to slug rate payers with special rate rises.Photo Tim Howard / Daily Examiner

Clarence council election candidates have their first public outing.

Latest deals and offers

Bachelor Richie gives bacon-loving Noni the boot

Noni Janur features on this season of The Bachelor.

TOOWOOMBA swimwear designer still single but focusing on her career.

Chris Hemsworth surprises kids at hospital as Thor

Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston surprised children at hospital

MOVIE REVIEW: War Dogs tells a fascinating true story

Miles Teller and Jonah Hill in a scene from the movie War Dogs.

DARKLY funny film examines the business side of the war on terror.

Folk singer looking forward to her Gympie Muster debut

Alternative country folk singer Fanny Lumsden will perform at the Gympie Muster.

FANNY Lumsden to serenade new fans with her country hall-style show.

Patti Smith, Billy Bragg and Buddy Guy lead the 2017 Bluesfest charge

Patti Smith is one of the headline acts confirmed for Bluesfest 2017.

Patti, Billy, Buddy and more to headline five-day festival

Patti Smith confirmed for Bluesfest 2017

CONFIRMED: US singer Patti Smith performing in Switzerland last year.

Find out who else in the first line up announcement

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m

Guess which Sunshine Coast suburb cracked the million dollar list?

This four-bedroom home at 26 McAnally Dr, Sunshine Beach was for sale for $7 million.

List of Australia's five most-expensive suburbs

Does it get any better than this? Check out this $2M home

LUXURY LIVING: The Coral Cove home built by Steve Coates Constructions that took out the best home over $2 million and the Wide Bay Burnett House of the Year at the Master Builders Wide Bay Burnett Housing and Construction Awards.

Wide Bay's best home is right on our doorstep