Deadline for repair work not met: Bentley’s Brownlie Towers

A LIST of outstanding works affecting 16 units in Bentley’s Brownlie Towers will cost the State Government about $2000 to repair but some works have not met their completion deadlines, according to information tabled in Parliament.

On September 17, Housing Minister Colin Holt listed 16 current and ongoing maintenance jobs at the complex, with issues ranging from water leaks to the replacement of light fittings.

The estimated cost of all repairs was $2207.59, and projected completion dates in August and September were not all met for reasons not made clear.

The laundry list does not refer to the estimated 85 empty homes in the towers that require extensive maintenance due to a complex-wide plumbing issue reported by the Canning Times on September 8. Neither the Housing Authority(HA) nor Mr Holt would confirm the status of the outstanding works or the current number of empty units in the building.

HA general manager of service delivery Greg Cash said the department was investigating a resolution and confirmed the plumbing issue was still affecting the 46-year-old building.

“We are currently investigating the most appropriate solution to resolve this issue, taking into account the size and nature of the building and the extent of works that may be required,” he said.

The revelation coincides with figures made public last month that put the number of families on the public housing waiting list at more than 20,000 with an average wait time of 158 weeks.

Victoria Park MLA Ben Wyatt said it was a concern to see the units empty and issues unresolved. “I think the State Government needs to develop a sense of urgency,” he said.

He called on Mr Holt to make the units a priority and shrink the housing waiting list.

“There is a lot of empty property there and it could have been dealt with sooner,” he said.

Speaking in Parliament, Mr Holt said repairs would be undertaken as soon as possible.