De­vel­op­ment night­mare for Halls Head res­i­dent

Mandurah Coastal Times - - FRONT PAGE -

HALLS Head res­i­dent Caro­line Ju­lian says she is liv­ing an “ab­so­lute night­mare” at her home in Hunger­ford Av­enue.

She said road­works around her home due to an ex­ten­sion of Bal­moral Av­enue through Hunger­ford Av­enue for a new com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment were de­stroy­ing her lifestyle.

Her com­plaints in­clude five new street lights that shine into her house, a big round­about, in­creased kerb­ing height, dust and noise.

Ms Ju­lian said she had no qual­ity of life. “I have no pri­vacy, no se­cu­rity and no san­ity,” she said.

“It’s just a house now, not a home. Ev­ery­thing I worked for has dis­ap­peared.”

Ms Ju­lian has lived in her home for 18 years, since the area was sur­rounded by bush. The site op­po­site was once ear­marked for a Tafe col­lege but the plans fell through and it is now the site of pro­posed res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment.

Ms Ju­lian said she can­not eas­ily re­verse out of her drive­way and wants to know why such a big round­about was nec­es­sary when Hunger­ford Av­enue “is an av­enue, not a main thor­ough­fare”.

She be­lieves her home has been de­val­ued by more than $100,000.

“But there is no de­crease in rates,’’ she said.

“Rates are based on rental val­ues but my home is now un-rentable and I can­not sell it.’’

City chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark New­man said de­vel­op­ments on pri­vately owned land in the City would con­tinue as the City con­tin­ued to grow.

“Un­for­tu­nately, from time to time some res­i­dents do not agree with the de­vel­op­ment and thus we have to man­age the out­come as best we can,’’ he said.

Mr New­man said the de­vel­op­ment con­nected to the lo­cal road net­work and all works com­plied with Aus­tralian Stan­dards.

“Pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion has oc­curred over quite a pe­riod of time and the claim that there was no con­sul­ta­tion is com­fort­ably re­jected,’’ he said.

Caro­line Ju­lian by the fence that al­most sur­rounds her prop­erty.

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