Fight against pro­posal for group home de­vel­op­ment heats up

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

RES­I­DENTS have spo­ken out against a pro­posed group home at Plump­ton.

Fears it could be a haven for ex-pris­on­ers, drug ad­dicts and al­co­holics, and en­cour­age more crimes, un­der­pin the con­cerns.

More than 300 peo­ple have signed a pe­ti­tion against the pro­posal.

De­vel­op­ment pro­po­nent Elie Farah, of Ef­fec­tive Build­ing and Con­struc­tion, in­sisted there would be very few ex-pris­on­ers ad­mit­ted into the group home, if any, and po­lice were sat­is­fied with the pro­posal.

“Most of the peo­ple liv­ing there would be just like you and me,” Mr Farah said.

“A lot will go to work dur­ing the day – they also push peo­ple into pro­grams so they get out.”

Res­i­dent group or­gan­iser Jill Edwards said there were “wor­ry­ing as­pects” in the pro­posal.

“They said zero tol­er­ance (drugs and al­co­hol), but that doesn’t mean peo­ple aren’t ad­dicted,” Ms Edwards said.

“So what sort of pro­grams will they have there?”

Mr Farah said the home would have a drug-test­ing kit on site.

Martin Mo­rato said his pe­ti­tion had passed 300 sig­na­tures in­clud­ing sup­port from the prin­ci­pals at Plump­ton Pub­lic School and Good Shep­herd School.

A Mt Druitt po­lice re­port sent to the pro­po­nent of the de­vel­op­ment said it didn’t ob­ject to the group home.

“From a crime pre­ven­tion prospec­tive, po­lice hold no sig­nif­i­cant ob­jec­tions in re­la­tion to this de­vel­op­ment pro­posal,” the let­ter said.

The po­lice rec­om­menda- tions were to use de­signs to re­duce the like­li­hood of crime such as cam­eras, light­ing and clear lines of sight.

Plump­ton P&C’s Krys­tal Se­bas­tian, who at­tended a re­cent meet­ing about the group home, said she wasn’t sat­is­fied ser­vices were close enough to the fa­cil­ity.

“The wrap­around ser­vice ac­cess has to be within a cer­tain perime­ter and there aren’t any, such as doc­tors and the like,’’ Ms Se­bas­tian said.

Res­i­dents at the com­mu­nity meet­ing about the pro­posed group home.

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