Young mum feels like she is a prisoner in her own unit

A YOUNG Rockhampton mum is starting to feel like a prisoner in her unit, especially at night.

The 23-year-old is hesitant to set foot outside, worried by what - or who - might confront her.

The woman has been living in housing commission units in Rockhampton since August last year.

She says there is an incident there "every second day", most involving outsiders who congregate around the building.

She has seen young kids sniffing paint, large groups drinking to excess and even someone "shooting up". People regularly sleep in the car park.

"It's becoming ridiculous," she said. "There is more and more of it every day."

"I'm scared; it is very frightening."

The woman says she has phoned police a number of times, and has also visited the police station to report the activities at the units.

She has also contacted the housing commission authorities, asking to be moved to another location.

"They keep telling me they won't transfer me unless my life is being threatened," she said.

A Department of Housing and Public Works spokesperson said the department was aware of reports of anti-social behaviour in areas near the complex and that reports of trespassing had recently escalated.

As a result, departmental officers were making frequent visits to the complex and had also arranged for extra police patrols of the area.

Changes would also be made to access to the rear of the property and an area under the building would be enclosed.

The spokesman said the department was continuing to liaise closely with tenants to discuss their concerns and to keep them informed of developments.



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