A woman came home to find a panel of her fence had been removed and tree loppers in her yard. When she sought their names they shortly left leaving the site as is. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
A woman came home to find a panel of her fence had been removed and tree loppers in her yard. When she sought their names they shortly left leaving the site as is. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Annette calls out ‘dodgy contractors’ in yard after Marcia

WHEN Annette Waddell arrived home about 1pm on Friday, she wasn't expecting to find three "rough" looking men hanging out in her yard with their equipment covering her driveway.

But what was even more concerning was that they couldn't tell her who they were, who they worked for or why they were on her property.

When she threatened to call the police they told her they were there to clear a tree from her neighbour's house, and they had gone into her yard to remove a fence on the property's boundary to access it.

After speaking to local tradespeople, Annette is convinced the men are "rogue, cowboy tradies" who follow disasters around to get work before disappearing.

She said she started to get annoyed after seeing the "smirks" on their faces when she first asked why they were in her yard, and was angry when they refused to give her any identification.

"It doesn't seem legal that someone can just come into your yard… you cannot trespass into someone's house," she said.

"I don't like anyone coming into my house without notification… (these men) were very comfortable, their drinks were under my carport.

"They had to move their stuff for me to even drive in."

She said they eventually gave her the contact number for their supposed employer, but the man she spoke to said he "didn't know what the big deal was".

He wasn't able to give her their names either, although he claimed they were locals and he was from Gracemere.

Annette decided to go to the police, and when they called him they discovered he wasn't actually the man Annette thought she had been speaking to - he was an employee just pretending to be him.

They also discovered he was based in Cairns.

He wasn't able to give her the real employer's number, so Annette tracked one down online.

"He said, 'I don't know why you're so upset'," she said.

"He basically told me to rack off, and if I wanted to call the police I could.

"I was furious."

Even that man, who supposedly hired the contractors, didn't know their full names, but told her they were professional arborists.

"If they're professionals, where are their business cards?" Annette asked.

"The whole thing was really suspicious."

Annette said she was told they would come and fix the fence they took down, but she hasn't heard from them since she told them she wanted to be there while they were on her property.



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