Drug lab site to be demolished

Resident Lorraine Rodgers’ car was damaged when someone threw rocks over her fence.
Resident Lorraine Rodgers’ car was damaged when someone threw rocks over her fence.

Department of Housing general manager for service delivery Steve Parry revealed last week that the home was set to be scrapped.

However, the existing pad will remain, paving the way for another unit to be built there.

Mr Parry said a demolition contractor has been appointed and should start work after the Anzac Day long weekend. The demolition is expected to be completed within six weeks.

Adjacent homeowner Lorraine Rodgers said the site had been like an open invitation for people to throw stuff onto her property and jump her fence.

‘We have a lot of vandals coming onto the property, going through all the rubbish next door, some of which has been thrown over our fence,’ she said.

‘We hear people breaking into the house next door and jumping over our fence at all hours of the night.’

Mrs Rodgers was left further frustrated recently when rocks were thrown at her house and her neighbour’s house. The incident led to her car being left with a smashed window.

She said the DoH had seemed uninterested with her concerns.

Mr Parry said the demolition process had been slow because they had to ensure the site was clear of contamination.

Rubbish and debris also had to be removed before an assessment of the property by a structural engineer and a tender process to demolish the property could take place.

‘The Department of Housing has only received two official complaints concerning (the) property,’ he said.

‘One was in regard to rubbish being dumped at the property and removal of the waste has been actioned.’