Squatters worry more neighbours
SQUATTERS who’ve taken up residence in a discarded North Rockhampton house are making life a nightmare for nearby residents.
Jason Fisher said there’d been nothing but ongoing problems in recent months since the house was vacated along Victoria Place.
It’s the second vacant home that has been taken up by squatters that The Morning Bulletin has reported on in recent weeks.
Last week council issued a public health order to the owners of the former McCafferty’s bus terminal, which includes an old home on Linnett Street, North Rockhampton, after squatters moved in there too.
Jason said it was the photos of the disgusting mess from the Linnett Street site that prompted him to contact The Morning Bulletin about the house near him.
He said the mess was just as bad.
It’s believed the site is earmarked for future development.
“We’ve had to call the police a number of times when these people are high on drugs or glue,” Jason said.
“But they (the police) can only do so much.”
Locals have been the victims of break-ins and abuse and were fed up with worrying about abandoned needles.
Jason said the home was harbouring vermin, the lawns were never mowed and the inside was disgraceful.
He said he’d had no joy in speaking to the owner and had now made a complaint to council.
A council spokeswoman said the council’s community standards and compliance section had carried out an initial inspection of the property from the footpath and would now proceed to undertake a full, detailed investigation.
“Council is in the process of contacting the owners to seek consent to access the property,” the spokeswoman said.
The Morning Bulletin has been unable to speak to the owner.