House from hell angers neighbours
NEARBY neighbours of this North Rockhampton house want people to take a look at what’s happening inside it.
The pictures show the living area floors covered with leftover pizza and takeaway food boxes, soft drink and alcohol containers, plastic bags and paint cans.
The toilet is blocked and overflowing with nearby walls splattered brown.
Graffiti adorns the walls of another room, while outside a dangerous, big hole isn’t covered.
And then there’s the smell neighbours have to put up with and associated vermin problems.
They fear it’s a health hazard.
The home is alongside the former McCafferty’s bus terminal in a prominent site on Rockhampton’s north side.
Both buildings are owned by the same man.
The 3570 sqm block on Linnett Street, is for sale for $1.5 million.
“I wouldn’t pay $50 for it,” said one nearby resident who contacted The Morning Bulletin about the squalor.
He said the “disgusting rodent-infested” home presented plenty of health hazards for nearby residents and businesses, including KFC and Dominos.
“I have a baby on the way and I won’t cop stray cats, rats, squatters, pigeons with lice and the smell from that house is vile,” the resident said.
“I’ve rescued a dog with the police at two in the morning after it had fallen into the grate hole and been there barking for almost two days.”
He said skaters were building ramps at the back of McCafferty’s and smashing windows and walls in the house all the time.
The resident backed Rockhampton Regional councillor Tony Williams who has called on council to force the owner to tidy up the site or fine him under the recently-adopted overgrown and unsightly allotment laws.
Cr Williams, who raised the matter at the council meeting on Tuesday, said, under this local law, council could issue an on-the-spot infringement notice of $200, or a penalty of up to $2000 may be payable if council chooses to prosecute through the court system.
He labelled the vacated site as the “north side’s Churches’” building.
The 3570 sqm block has been consistently listed for sale during the past couple of years.
Last November it was priced at $1.3 million plus GST.
The Morning Bulletin was unsuccessful in its attempt to contact the owner, despite trying a number of avenues.
Late yesterday afternoon, council said its environment and public health unit would investigate the issue as a potential public health risk under the Public Health Act 2005.