Serious issues – stay away
I was given a days work at this hostel by the hostel owner in renmark, the day went well and I was offered a permanent position as an animal carer on their farm stay (working hostel with caravans/camping area and sharehouse) but it turned sour very quickly. A few days into my stay I was essentially taken hostage whilst the owner injected himself with what I can only assume was ice, tripped out and took myself and his partner Tracy into his bushland for 7 hours whilst he was tripping and ordering us about. It was a terrifying experience and I had no other option but to escape from that hostel during the night (I knew too much and he had threatened me during the day). The next day I was informed that he had set his bus (his home) on fire after what I can only assume was a paranoid episode after realising I had left – all of his drugs and drug-taking happened on the bus. Animals were killed in the fire and him and Tracy lost all of their personal belongings. I later discovered that he is schizophrenic, and I’ve heard that he now introduces himself under a new name, Paul. I am still contemplating sharing my story with the media in order to raise awareness and prevent this from happening to anyone else however I am terrified of this man and extremely conflicted after learning about his mental problems.