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Laurie & Elvie Purss


Keen caravaners Laurie and Elvie Purss have travelled around Australia a couple of times in their custom pop top caravan, Birdsville and the red centre being favourites, but it was the call to move closer to family that saw them relocate from Queensland to Wivenhoe Village at Kirkham Rise.

Originally from Port Hacking, the Purss’ fulfilled a desire of Laurie’s to retire to the Gold Coast when the kids left home but after 8 years they decided a move to Palmwoods on the Sunshine Coast hinterland would prove a quieter, more friendly option than their busy location at Burleigh Heads.

Elvie described their home at Palmwoods as “Lovely, quiet and beautiful. We had beautiful neighbours and it was very hard leaving after six and a half years there”. Yet the Purss’ wanted to move closer to their daughter and two small grandsons who live in the Camden area.

As Elvie says, “I wanted to be a ‘hands on nanna’. I didn’t want to be sitting up there and only seeing them once or twice a year.”

Coupled with the desire to be closer to family was concern over their future health and potential isolation being away from family. As Elvie says, “We are both getting a bit older and had a few operations. I thought, I don’t want to be up there on my own. With no family around if something happened to Laurie. I didn’t want to die alone in a nursing home up in QLD and not have any visitors.”

The Purss’ had been looking around for a smaller, low maintenance homes that was close to their daughter for about 12- 18 months. “We didn’t want to live on her doorstep but we wanted to close enough by to pop in or see the kids.”

“We looked at houses around but didn’t see anything we liked. We didn’t want anything too big. We wanted side access and nothing too old. We didn’t want to move into one of the new estates where we were all ramped up cheek and jowl.”

Having looked at all the Over 55’s villages in the area, Wivenhoe Village at Camden caught their attention. “We looked here and we just loved it but we were worried we were pressing the purse strings a fraction too much but we are so happy. I don’t think we would have been nearly as happy elsewhere as we are here.”