Rod Fuller has been without a home since Cyclone Ului destroyed the boat that he lived on at Shute Harbour.
Rod Fuller has been without a home since Cyclone Ului destroyed the boat that he lived on at Shute Harbour.

Yachty cruelled by Ului

IT HAS been a long few weeks for Whitsunday resident Rod Fuller.

Mr Fuller lost his home, a yacht moored at Shute Harbour called Tangalooma, during Cyclone Ului.

Ever since he has been living in limbo, with no home to return to and no option but to seek accommodation with friends, or at times in a car borrowed from a mate.

Mr Fuller registered as homeless the day after the cyclone but up until this week he had not been provided with any details about how he could go about finding emergency accommodation.

Last week Mr Fuller was provided with accommodation by his job network provider at Kipara.

That accommodation was due to run out today but after enquiries made by the Whitsunday Times earlier this week Mr Fuller was contacted by the Department of Housing and told his room at Kipara would be available for at least another four weeks.

Mr Fuller was on board his boat during the cyclone. He had anchored on the beach and was ready to leave the yacht as winds strengthened when Tangalooma was struck by another boat.

Mr Fuller said his boat is still “uninhabitable” and it could be months before he gets it in good enough condition to live in again.

“My first priority is to get my home back,” he said.

Without insurance Mr Fuller is now starting the long task of repairing his home but is thankful for the help he has received.

“I have had some great help from friends,” he said. “I have had to borrow tools off people and a mate lent me his car so I could get rid of the debris.”


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