Neerdie Community Action Group members Don Mullings, Diana Chadwick, Andy Hamilton and David Camplin.
Neerdie Community Action Group members Don Mullings, Diana Chadwick, Andy Hamilton and David Camplin. Renee Pilcher

Wheels of council turn slowly

THE operator of an alleged illegal scrap metal business blamed for destroying peace and harmony in Heaviside Street at Neerdie said all they had been doing was trying to earn a few extra bucks.

A resident of the property in question, who wished to remain anonymous, said they had ceased all work since they were ordered to by Gympie Regional Council (GRC).

However, Neerdie Community Action Group chairman Andy Hamilton said trailer-loads of car bodies and rubbish were still being brought to the premises.

“I want to point out that it is very ineffective, tackling these people by sending letters,” Mr Hamilton said.

“I guess it will follow the usual torturous path... it might be slow but at least Council are doing something.”

GRC Planning and Development Chairman Ian Petersen said there were a number of issues that Council were dealing with in relation to the Heaviside Street matter.

“The occupants and the owner of the property have been issued with a couple of warnings,” he said.

“There are so many different matters of concern. There’s unlawful use of the premises, unapproved dwellings on the property, and issue of barking dogs. We have certain time frames we have to follow under the Act. The minute we are legally allowed to, we will take the next step which will be a show cause notice and then an enforcement notice.”

Cr Petersen said Council’s local laws officers needed time to file sufficient evidence and that officers had been to Heaviside Street on two or three occasions.

“Council officers are attempting to get to the true facts of the matter and they will continue to do so,” he said.

“The problem is, we have got to ensure we get the facts right and have a complete understanding of the issue. If we don’t, any action we take won’t stand up in court and the problem will remain unresolved.

“I can understand how people are upset by this situation... I apologise that it will take time... staff are trying hard to get a result.”

The resident of the property at the centre of the dispute said they were now only working on their own cars.

Gympie Times


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