Payment's van-tastic, says pensioner Brian

COFFS Harbour pensioner Brian Whitfield plans to spend his Economic Security Strategy payment on a 12-volt television and a new fridge for his 3.3m (11ft) caravan.

The 78-year-old retired cabinetmaker is refitting the old caravan so he can enjoy fishing and fossicking holidays in the bush and by the beach. He took up fossicking to exercise his legs after an illness which left him paralysed for six months.

Among the improvements will be a bigger three-way fridge/freezer to hold his bait and supplies and a TV powered by several car batteries. A friend gave him a solar panel for the roof.

After spending long hours working as a volunteer counsellor, he enjoys long breaks in the bush and by the beach.

“I want to be totally self-sufficient” Brian said.

He is delighted by the Centrelink 'Christmas bonus' and is looking forward to spending it.

“God bless them,” he said. “I like little Kevin, he's a nice bloke.

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