Clam­p­down pays off

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS - Jon Bas­sett

RES­I­DENTS who lob­bied Cottes­loe MLA Colin Bar­nett about anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and crime at Hous­ing Au­thor­ity homes in North Fre­man­tle have no­ticed an im­prove­ment since a clam­p­down.

“Over the past cou­ple of months things have qui­etened down quite a bit,” Fre­man­tle coun­cil­lor Doug Thomp­son said.

In June, res­i­dents cited “re­cur­ring” anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and a crime wave that cul­mi­nated in a 12-hour in­ci­dent where six chil­dren were al­legedly present at the homes in Thomp­son Street.

Po­lice at­tended in three ve­hi­cles with an am­bu­lance and a para­medic and a woman and a man were ar­rested.

The in­ci­dent was re­port­edly among many in the past that prompted about 10 North Fre­man­tle res­i­dents to say they would con­sider sell­ing or mov­ing from their nearby pri­vate homes at an ear­lier meet­ing with the Hous­ing Au­thor­ity.

Last week, Cr Thomp­son said Mr Bar­nett was “very help­ful” and had said he would pur­sue the com­plaints when res­i­dents met with the for­mer pre­mier on July 14.

Af­ter the meet­ing, the Hous­ing Au­thor­ity con­ducted mass in­spec­tions as part of a new in­ten­sive man­age­ment pro­gram of the houses, at which ten­ants would only be evicted af­ter three dis­rup­tive “strikes” or one danger­ous in­ci­dent in any 12 months.

Last week, the au­thor­ity’s as­sis­tant direc­tor of gen­eral hous­ing Greg Cash said the pro­gram com­prised co-or­di­nated quar­terly in­spec­tions, talk­ing to ten­ants, fixed-term ten­an­cies and reg­u­lar mon­i­tor­ing of the grounds and ex­ter­nal con­di­tion of the houses.

Mr Cash said the first in­spec­tions were on Au­gust 9 and 10, when depart­ment staff looked at ten­ancy per­for­mance, prop­er­ties’ con­di­tions and in­ves­ti­gated con­cerns.

Am­bu­lances and po­lice at the homes in June.

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