Siege home under fire

By DARRYN NUFER

THE home at the centre of last week's siege in North Rockhampton is a welfare home and could be removed, it was last night revealed.

Rockhampton City Councillor Stephen Schwarten called for an immediate report into the property, at 67 Knight Street, Park Avenue, along with two other adjoining homes.

All council-owned, the houses are leased to the Capricorn Youth Accommodation Service, which provides medium and short-term accommodation for needy youths.

Cr Schwarten, a critic of the project from day one, said it had "run its race'' and called on the council to shut it down.

"I said back then the first sign of trouble and I would be intervening.''

Cr Schwarten said he was concerned originally when the youth welfare housing was introduced to the area, which is mostly inhabited by elderly residents.

"We've given them (CYAS) a go and as far as I'm concerned they've blown it.

"Our community's not going to put up with this and I believe the council has no option but to close the project down to protect the safety and security of residents.''

Cr Schwarten said he wanted to know how the mother of the 30-yearold man charged over the siege, which lasted 20 hours, had been residing at 67 Knight Street.

The report is due to be tabled next week at the council's general purposes committee meeting.



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