Residents get Weaver Street back
FOR the first time in months Derek Hornung's kids have been able to come out of hiding.
Yesterday, they were kicking the ball along a footpath where just a few weeks ago gangs of drunken and drugged-up youths were causing mayhem.
Residents of Rockhampton's Weaver St have welcomed the closure of a nearby social housing complex which had been the source of terrifying neighbourhood problems.
The Yaamba Road complex had been used as short-term, high-risk emergency housing for parolees and people with drug addictions and mental illnesses.
Families in nearby houses had endured sleepless nights since last Christmas and witnessed stabbings, attempted break-ins and large groups of troublemakers roaming the streets armed with an array of weapons.
“Mate, I can't believe how quiet it has been since the closure a couple of weeks ago,” Derek said.
“It's been great.”
It's understood the 28-unit complex, which was run by Rockhampton and Environs Affordable Community Housing (REACH), is being prepared for sale.
A spokesman for REACH declined to comment yesterday.
However, a representative from the department of housing confirmed the lease arrangement with REACH ceased at March 31.
The department was considering the future use of the property.
“The local Housing Service Centre managed the tenant relocations,” the representative said. “Tenants were provided with a range of housing options including private rental and relocation to properties managed by the department or community housing providers.”