Weaver Street residents (from left) Dallas, Jayden and Tyson Hornung enjoy kicking a ball in the front yard yesterday.
Weaver Street residents (from left) Dallas, Jayden and Tyson Hornung enjoy kicking a ball in the front yard yesterday. Allan Reinikka

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.”



CQ grazier with Adani concerns gets cold shoulder from LNP

premium_icon CQ grazier with Adani concerns gets cold shoulder from LNP

He visited Canberra to talk with pollies with mixed results.

JOBS: Hundreds of mining positions up for grabs in CQ

premium_icon JOBS: Hundreds of mining positions up for grabs in CQ

FIND out who is hiring and what jobs are in demand

Homeless drug user fined $2400 for trespass and marijuana

premium_icon Homeless drug user fined $2400 for trespass and marijuana

Police located him sleeping with another under a carport

Local Partners