Sydney Morning Herald: College students are asked to evacuate "House on Water"
Sydney Today, a student who has been living on the water of Lake Ginninderra on March 3, Eastern Time, Australia, was asked by the ACT government to move from the lake.
This student is William Woodbridge. He is a student at the University of Canberra and has lived on a homemade raft for six weeks. Because he is tired of the Canberra rent market, and the cost of living in school dormitories is getting higher and higher.
After negotiations, the 21-year-old student must remove the raft and tent before March 3. A spokesperson for Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate said that in order to help him find a suitable residence, the ACT government extended his evacuation period and allowed him to move out at the end of the month. Inhabit any public waters."
But this condition seems to make Woodbridge very troublesome because he wants to continue living on other waters. He said: "I don't like moving back to the house." He moved to Canberra when he was 16 and has been trying to find one. Affordable houses, shared rent with others, and even lived in the trunk of a car.
Although the University of Canberra and Australian National University have recently opened new dormitories, affordable student housing is still a big problem for young people in Canberra. For Woodbridge, it is not worthwhile to spend time outside of study to earn the cost of housing. He said: "I know that many students, even those receiving Centrelink relief, have to work for a long time. Before that, I had to work 20 to 30 hours a week to support myself, which was really expensive. "
After he was fined in the school apartment, he planned to give up living in a traditional house. Soon after, his classmates of industrial design helped him build a floating "home" with a tent room with a bed and ice box on the deck. After his engine was stolen, his house on the water ran out of electricity. But he said that there are still some basic facilities in it, and it is still very comfortable to live in. "If they allow, I might finish my degree on the lake." (Ivy)