Pensioner stores rubbish in yard before taking to landfill
UPDATE: The names given to the people in the story are not their real names.
THURSDAY: WHILE Junior Conlon's backyard may look like an obstacle course for rodents and snakes, it is simply proof his father "Mr Conlon" tried hard to clean up his act.
Yesterday The Morning Bulletin spoke to Mr Conlon, who did not want to reveal his identity, at his Pattemore St home in Kawana about his struggle to deal with a brain injury and a fine from Rockhampton Regional Council for not making his home "visually appealing".
Mr Conlon was served an infringement notice towards the end of last year.
It said he had until December 12, 2013, to groom his backyard and remove any rubbish that made the house look untidy.
Mr Conlon, who recently started receiving a pension because he was no longer able to work, claimed he had done all this by December 10, 2013. The feat cost him about $200, he claimed.
He said he then waited for council officers to arrive on December 12, to inspect his property, but they didn't show up.
It wasn't until December 23 the inspector arrived. Mr Conlon claimed the inspector subsequently slapped him with a $225 fine because the yard, in her eyes, had grown out of control and was a breeding ground for mice, snakes and mosquitoes.
"All the stuff in my backyard is there because I needed somewhere to put rubbish until I was able to take to the landfill," he said.
"My neighbour's backyard is worse than mine, why haven't they been given a fine?" Mr Conlon claimed the council infringement notice stated that council contractors were being assigned to clean up his house and he would have to pay.