Demolition follows delay

Demolition of apartment block on Braithwaite Road in Lockridge.
Demolition of apartment block on Braithwaite Road in Lockridge.

The 16-unit Department of Housing complex at 19 Braithwaite Road caught fire in November with a tenant seriously burnt. Six units were damaged, with a repair bill estimated at over $1 million.

Left vacant, the unit block attracted anti-social behaviour which prompted Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly earlier this year to demand the department knock the building down immediately.

Initially expected to be demolished in August, the Department spent $98,000 knocking the 45-year-old unit block down on July 15. Mr Kelly said the Government left the units derelict for too long.

‘The minister admitted in Parliament they messed up the tender process and when the tender for demolition was finally let, seven months after the fire, the company was then given an additional two months to do the work,’ he said.

‘The Government also stands condemned for not securing the site; from day one the temporary fencing was a joke.’

Housing Minister Bill Marmion said the initial application for demolition in January was invalid and needed to be made by the City of Swan.

He said demolition approval was granted on April 7 and the tendered company had until August 20 for demolition and clearing of the site.