KEN Currie with his burnt-out caravan at Fingal. Photo: CRAIG SADLER D98886
KEN Currie with his burnt-out caravan at Fingal. Photo: CRAIG SADLER D98886

Unsolved mysteries

BY ED SOUTHORN

KEN Currie knows how to keep on keeping on. The 63-year-old Fingal Aboriginal man is now homeless after his caravan home was torched.

What makes it worse is the fact it happened while he was away in hos-pital.

"I've lost all my family photos, pictures of me as a kid," a deeply saddened Mr Currie said yesterday.

"This is the way people carry on, it's young louts, I suppose."

Mr Currie said he had been at Brisbane's Mater Hospital receiving treatment for ulcers in March.

When he came home, all the van's windows were smashed.

He went back to hospital for more treatment and then returned to find the van destroyed by fire.

He reported the blaze to Tweed police, but so far the culprits have not been arrested.

The fire was so intense, the van has all but disappeared from its spot at the Fingal Aboriginal cemetery on Letitia Spit Road.

Only a collapsed shell of the chassis, melted cladding, a stove and some other unrecognisable parts of the van remain.

In the meantime, Mr Currie continues his battle with the Tweed Byron Aboriginal Land Council over claims his family and other Aboriginal families with ancient ties to Fingal have not been given adequate housing assistance.

Mr Currie initially stayed in his van on a plot of land near the cemetery, where his grandmother lived, after he returned from the Northern Territory, before the land council voted to move him further along the road to the cemetery.

The cemetery contains the graves of Mr Currie's grandparents, uncles and aunties. His parents are buried at Brisbane's Lutwyche cemetery.

Mr Currie said he would continue to battle for adequate accommodation.

He is on a Housing Commission waiting list for a unit, but really wants to live among the Aboriginal community along Letitia Spit, where he was born.

In the meantime, he has been staying with relatives at Banora Point, although he has "slept out" for a few nights.

A spokesman for the Tweed Byron Aboriginal Land Council did not respond to a request for comment.



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