A suburb under siege

A forensic officer examines the Hubert Street property where a man was allegedly murdered. Picture: Matthew Poon www.communitypix.com.au d400340
A forensic officer examines the Hubert Street property where a man was allegedly murdered. Picture: Matthew Poon www.communitypix.com.au d400340

Franklins Tavern owner Chris Dodd has seen it all in the carpark behind her business ” machete wielding gangs, nightly car break-ins and violent brawls.

Eighteen months ago, Ms Dodd said she witnessed fights of up to 50 people in the carpark and was king-hit trying to defend a man being kicked on the ground by two women.

‘Knives, steel poles, bricks, machetes ” you name it, they had it,’ she said.

In September 2011, the Town of Victoria Park co-ordinated a community workshop with residents of Hubert Street, Kensington Police and the Department of Housing to address community concerns regarding anti-social behaviour in the area.

Ms Dodd said that over the past few months, the disorderly behaviour had lessened, but she would still find used needles in the carpark and two Department of Housing properties on Hubert Street that neighbour the tavern were a hotspot for disruptive behaviour.

‘There’s been nothing but trouble over there,’ she said.

‘They’ve moved the trouble makers out, probably to another suburb where they’re probably having the same problems now.’

A spokeswoman for the Town of Victoria Park said the Town would welcome an application from Franklins Tavern applying for a rebate of $500 for the installation of CCTV in the carpark, however Ms Dodd said it would cost more than $20,000 to install the entire system.

‘East Victoria Park has had enough ” people shouldn’t be afraid to live on Hubert Street,’ she said.