Dream family home gone in Bruce Highway expansion
FOR the past 19 years Lawrence Emmerson has been building his dream family home at Tanawha.
But he says he is going to have his hard work ripped from under him by the State Government due to the expansion of the Bruce Hwy.
In a story eerily similar to that of cult Australian movie The Castle, the father-of-two and retired Navy marine engineer is set to have his house resumed as part of the Bruce Hwy-Sunshine Coast Mwy interchange upgrade.
He says his family is being torn apart by the forced sale of his home and he has serious design and environmental concerns about the project.
Mr Emmerson says he is being trodden on by the Department of Transport and Main Roads after it offered him $780,000 for his Cunning Rd home.
The recently renovated house features five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a pool, a spa "big enough to fit eight people", a 7.5sq m barbecue which he says would be the "envy of everyone in Australia", a nursery, 120sqm shed, $16,000 worth of new solar panels, and a raft of other features.
He said he had the house valued at $950,000, but he believed it would cost $1.3million to buy a comparable house in a similar area.
"Main Roads have just done it without thinking about the consequences," he said.
"It's been like 'get out of our road', with no compensation. The amount of trauma and stress it's created is unbelievable.
"I'm a single man, I'm trying to raise my family and it's ripping us apart."
Mr Emmerson has created a petition at Change.Org, asking the State Government to rethink its plans.
But the Transport and Main Roads said it would not change its preferred layout.