Port Lincoln man wants to donate home to bushfire-affected family

KIND DONATION: Brenton Burtt and mum Sharon McCauley with the caravan and annexe Mr Burtt wants to donate to someone affected by recent bushfires.
KIND DONATION: Brenton Burtt and mum Sharon McCauley with the caravan and annexe Mr Burtt wants to donate to someone affected by recent bushfires.

An interstate move was what got Brenton Burtt, a resident of North Shields near Port Lincoln, thinking about what to do with his current transportable house.

Mr Burtt announced to his family on Christmas Day that rather than selling his caravan and annexe, he wanted it to go to someone in a bushfire-affected community with no roof over their heads.

Mr Burtt has Asperger's syndrome, a developmental disorder, and mum Sharon McCauley said the gesture of goodwill from her son was really deep and thoughtful.

"Seeing all the bushfire devastation and people in despair and the homeless, Brenton decided he would like to do something on his own and donate his caravan to a family that has lost everything," she said.

"Even though Brenton has a disability, he still feels the pain the other people feel who have been affected in the bushfires.

"I am the proudest mum ever...he's not worried about money, he wants to see (his home) go to someone in need."

Mr Burtt said he watched the bushfires on the news, and that a recent trip to see family in Queensland was what prompted him to think of other families in need.

Ms McCauley said the house was separable, meaning it could go to two families or people who needed a home if it suited.

However, Mr Burtt and his mum said they were unsure of how to get the caravan and annexe across the state, as it would need to be trucked over.

"The only hitch we have is the mobility of each...if some kind and considerate transport company could offer time and transportation to those affected, it would be much appreciated, as (our) funds are limited," said Ms McCauley.

"It needs to probably go to some authority, say the Red Cross, who would have some sort of idea of who is affected."

She said the structure could either go to someone affected by the Cudlee Creek fire or the Kangaroo Island bushfires.

"We just feel for the people left with nothing, we've had everything we wanted and we don't ask for more than that...but those people suffering, it's hard to understand what they're going through."