Stop Roland Gopel's eviction by the council.
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It's like something out of The Castle: RolandGopel, a man living in a caravan on land he owns in outback WA facing eviction by the local Menzies council. RolandGopel has found his own patch of paradise on top of a hill overlooking the townsite of Menzies, 730km inland from Perth. He paid $4,500 a few years ago for the quarter-acre block on Suiter Street. "I was getting nowhere renting in Perth … I couldn't find a place where I could afford," Mr Gopel said. He has no toilet or sewerage, periodically emptying a bucket at the local caravan park, but has his own rainwater tank for drinking and showering. There are solar panels set up for electricity, though not enough power in his 12 batteries to run air conditioning. Mr Gopel pays his rates and should be left alone to live in peace, although he concedes that is looking highly unlikely.
He is being penalised $50 a day for what the Shire of Menzies calls "camping illegally". How can a man be camping illegally on his own land? On August 1, Mr Gopel was fined $1,000 plus court costs of $1,745.50, while the Shire began seeking a $50 daily penalty. Mr Gopel described the legal action taken by the council as "government overreach". "There's no mortgage, I pay my rates but I have no services," he said.
This is a disgrace. Please help Roland Gopel out. If you were in his position you'd feel like you're being treated unfairly. Please show your support and hopefully, we can do something about it. Mr Gopel's due to appear next in the Leonora Magistrate's Court on November 21. So let's try get stuff done for the man before then.
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