Fight against proposal for group home development heats up
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.