The move to a new home is about to start, but for many families, it’s about more than just a move.
Key points:More than 80 families have moved out of the city’s inner-ring suburbs since March, with many still struggling to afford to live thereThey say the new owner will not be there to keep them in, and they say they can’t imagine their lives without their neighboursCommunity groups say they are being targeted, labelled “dwellers” and “straw men”By Peter Collins, ABC NewsThe number of families moving out of Brisbane’s inner city suburbs has more than doubled in the past year to more than 80, with some struggling to keep their children in the city.
Now they say the owners they have spoken to are being painted as “dismissive”, and have blamed a lack of transparency for the “irreversible” move.
Some families who have moved into the city are struggling to find homes and support to stay, with the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Brisbane rising to $1,834, up nearly 60 per cent since March.
“We have a family living in the inner ring and we are living in a small one bedroom and they don’t want to move, and we don’t know why,” said Ms Cripps, who moved from Melbourne in 2016.
“It’s been a constant problem.”
For many families who are still struggling, they are still left feeling left behind.
They have been left wondering if the new owners of the property they’ve lived in for years will keep their promises.
“I don’t see it happening any time soon, I don’t think it’s going to happen, because I think they are going to do everything they can to try and get rid of us,” Ms Cipps said.
The move to the inner-city is not a surprise to many families in the area, who say they were never given the option of living in Brisbane’s outer suburbs.
“They’ve never told us that we can stay here, that we’re welcome here, and that we should just keep going,” said Anna Cripp, whose daughter moved to the city with her family in 2014.
The decision to move is not just about money, Ms Cupps said, and it is also about maintaining a strong connection to her home town.
“When I was here we would go to the local pub and hang out, we would eat at local restaurants, we went to local businesses, we did local work.
We did everything, we just couldn’t do it here,” she said.”
If you don’t do that, then people will come and just pick on you and they’re going to make it impossible for you to move.”
The decision for many parents and families to move has been met with opposition from local politicians, as well as community groups and charities.
The city of Brisbane said it was “encouraging” the families to stay in the suburbs and that the new residents would be supported.
But the ABC understands the council has not been able to secure the help it needs to make sure the city has a long-term solution to the problem.
“The council has said they want to support families moving, but at the same time they are also making a decision that they are not going to continue to house people here,” said Brisbane City Council spokesman David Brown.
“Our aim is to help the families move but it’s a matter of trying to make the best deal for them.”
There’s no plan B, and this is a decision made at the council level, and therefore, the council cannot provide the support that they need.
“The ABC contacted the city for comment and will update this story if and when it receives a response.
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