You don’t need to travel far to be enlightened and humbled
Last weekend we went to camp in Coolum, a 15 minute drive from our home. There, in the Coolum Campsite, I discovered an entire race on the brink of extinction. A group of people who are teetering on the verge of annihilation without anyone giving a toss.
So I chatted to them and took photos.
Then I made this short photo-story about them. It only takes a couple of minutes to read.
Coolum Campsite, Australia – Home To A Dying Generation
This is Stan.
Stan's washing may be drying here, but I doubt it. Stan is permanent resident at Coolum Campsite
This is a temporary camping spot. Please note the Australian flag flying proudly. Temporary residents abound, but permanent residents are a dying breed. Literally.
Once upon a time you could buy a spot at Coolum Campsite like this one and move in. Heath, a charming man, who moved to Queensland ten years ago, told me a permanent spot like this one was the only housing option he could afford.
10 years ago, a house in Coolum would have cost about $150,000. Now they're over $400, 000. So a permanent spot at Coolumcampsite used to be a more affordable option
All 32 permanent residents have injected their personality into their homes and maintain them meticulously. One home looks pleasingly ramshackle but the rest are tidier than mine.
Never-the-less, permanent residents are being phased out. Most of them are elderly and, when they die, no on else will be allowed to set up a permanent home like this one.
This is Coolum Beach where they live. If you can, stop by and visit the permanent residents of Coolum Campsite. They are a friendly bunch.
Thank you for chatting to me Stan, and letting me take your photo. You seem like a such a happy man.
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