The dream of a ‘grandparent’s’ house is over.
A ‘grandmother’s’ home is about to be torn down.
An ‘old couple’s’ family has been turned into a ‘small, tight family’.
For the family of three who moved into their home at a property at the edge of a park, the thought of being stuck in a shared house was a nightmare.
But a week ago, they found their dream a reality after the city council decided to close down the small property and move them to a more traditional family home.
But the dream of having a family home is over and the three-bedroom property has been converted into a single-room occupancy (SRO) property.
The city council said the move was necessary to reduce congestion at the park, but the couple are thrilled.
“We were really, really happy with it,” said Michelle McIlwee, the property’s carer.
“I think it’s going to be fantastic.
We’re very excited.”
Ms McIlwe is one of the four owners of the three properties at the north-western corner of a property park known as Pet Hospital and Memorial Hospital.
“It was really the last one to be closed,” she said.
“Our dream was that we would have a place for our kids and a place where we could take them out to play, but this was the last home that we’d had.”
The four owners were forced to leave the four-bedroom house and move into the smaller one because of traffic and congestion.
They were forced into a temporary home because of congestion at Pet Hospital on March 30.
The owners have been living in a three-bed family home for three years.
But they said they had no idea the city would decide to close their home.
“The whole situation has been really overwhelming,” said Ms McIlwa.
“They’ve asked us if we could live in a temporary house, but we said no.”
A ‘home for our children’The owners were told that the City of Melbourne would consider the home in a family-friendly setting, but they had to give up their original plans of being in a permanent home.
They said the family’s situation was stressful and their kids were constantly at the house.
“When we moved in, they were still there, playing,” said the property owner, who asked not to be named.
“If you ask them to leave, they’re very resistant.”
The owner said they were told the city could demolish their home, but she said they would have to give it up.
“Once they’ve decided, it’s all up to them,” she added.
“There’s nothing they can do.
They can just close the property down.
It’s just that simple.”
Ms McIntyre said the city had also made no mention of the owners’ concerns about the children and they were not given an opportunity to explain why.
“This is a very long-term thing and they’re being asked to leave this place,” she explained.
“And then they can’t come back.”
Ms McCIlwes said the house had been her life for about 15 years.
“To be honest, I’ve never been in any sort of big house before, not really,” she told the ABC.
“My dad used to run a business here in WA.
We had a big one in our house, and we still had it here, it was our life for years.
So, we thought, why not take it and turn it into a house?”
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