Department explains

When contacted shortly before close of business on Friday afternoon, the department requested a reasonable deadline and advised the journalist that the absolute deadline given was insufficient time to provide a response.

The journalist advised that she would wait for a response. However, the story ran without any comment from the department.

As a result, a story went to print that misrepresents the Department of Housing’s actions.

Due to the age of the Braithwaite Street complex and damage to eight units sustained in November 2013, the department has applied for approval to demolish.

The department must abide by planning laws, as it has done in this case, like any other landowner or developer.

The site will be redeveloped.

All tenants from the complex have been relocated; the site secured and monitored by the department.

Any instances of vandalism should be referred to the department and WA Police.

Editor’s note: When the journalist contacted the Department of Housing, she was told she would have a response before deadline. To allow time for the department’s comment, a page was delayed from being printed.

Once deadline neared, the journalist was told the department needed more time and it was given an absolute deadline, which wasn’t met.

Being on deadline, the story had to run as it was with the line about the department’s comment added to it in the process of putting the page together.