Living on a lake floats William’s boat

AFS Team·27 March 2012·3 min read
Living on a lake floats William’s boat
A student protesting about the cost of renting digs is in hot water over setting up home in a tent - on a raft in the middle of a lake. William Woodbridge, 21, has spent five years struggling to find a home. He has spent most of the time sharing digs or living in a car. However, the local council has stuck their oar in over his floating home on Lake Ginninderra, Canberra, Australia, and ordered him to move. Woodbridge has to up anchor and leave the lake by the end of the month - and although he wants to live afloat elsewhere, has had to promise not to move to any public waterway. ''I'm not that interested in moving back into a house,'' he said. “I want to keep living in my teepee on the raft. ''Before this I had to work 20 to 30 hours a week just to feed myself while studying at the same time. A lot of students I know work long hours just to keep a roof over their heads'' Woodbridge left his university halls after picking up a fine and abandoned conventional housing. Within days, he used his skills as an industrial design student to build his floating home, consisting of a deck and teepee housing a bed and fridge. He has had no power since someone stole his generator, but he said getting back to basics was comforting. ''I could probably finish my degree out on the lake, if they'd let me,'' he said. The local authority quoted a flood of reasons why Woodbridge could not continue living on the lake - from personal hygiene to safety on the water.