Nollamara residents call for City of Stirling to shed light on laneway

Piedmont Court residents Sam Smith, Telisha Rhodes and Belinda Stagoll are concerned about anti-social behaviour in a nearby laneway. Picture: Kate Leaver
Piedmont Court residents Sam Smith, Telisha Rhodes and Belinda Stagoll are concerned about anti-social behaviour in a nearby laneway. Picture: Kate Leaver

Nollamara residents are fed up with drug use, dumped rubbish and anti-social behaviour in a laneway and want the City of Stirling to install lighting.

Piedmont Court resident Telisha Rhodes said the laneway was the only direct access pathway to the local shopping centre and drug users regularly used the laneway to shoot up, resulting in dumped syringes and violence.

“We’ve been living here for a year-and-a-half and it’s been like this from the word go,” she said.

“It is constant; my 10-year-old son had people slingshotting him with rocks and he’s really cautious about going outside now.”

Ms Rhodes said residents wanted lighting installed in the laneway as a deterrent and for safety.

Despite 10 complaints this year, the City refused to install lighting because it was considered one of the “least problematic” access ways in the area.

Stirling chief executive Stuart Jardine said a night-time site visit showed street lights adequately lit the 60m laneway from both ends.

“There is no obstructive vegetation, there are no recesses to provide concealment and the streets are adequately lit at both ends,” he said.

Mr Jardine said there were “no exceptional circumstances that would justify the installation of additional intermediate lighting ahead of many others”.

Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson said she was disappointed with the City’s response and had met 15 residents about the laneway.

The City of Stirling is spending around $23 million on a swimming pool in Scarborough and they don’t want to spend the money in Nollamara,” she said.

“How bad does it have to get? I’ve had two residents email me and say they are thinking of leaving the street.

“These residents pay their rates like the people in Scarborough, like the people in North Beach; they deserve the same kind of treatment that other areas of the City if Stirling get and frankly they don’t get it.”

Ms Sanderson said she would meet Mirrabooka police and the City of Stirling in coming weeks.

Mirrabooka Senior Sergeant Neil Morton-Smith said police were aware of the laneway and were discussing options with the City.

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