Pain in grass for pen­sion­ers

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

MOSS­MAN pen­sion­ers are up in arms about not hav­ing their lawns mowed by con­trac­tor Goobidi Hack for over two months.

One pen­sioner spot­ted a brown snake among the long grass in her front yard re­cently and an­other, Rose Ket­tles, is find­ing it hard to tackle the over­grown weeds.

“I was in hos­pi­tal the first week in Septem­ber and I don’t think it’s been mowed since,” she said.

“When they mow I mark it on my cal­en­dar and I haven’t marked it since the first week of Septem­ber.

“This yard is a dis­grace I have to hold my dress up to the knees when I go to the let­ter­box, those prickly things are so damn big.”

Rose lives next door to a coun­cil park which she has seen mowed twice and it has got to a point where she can­not go into her back­yard.

“I have got an or­chid house down the back but I won’t even go out in the yard it’s so dis­gust­ing,” she said.

“Even my neigh­bour told his mother he feels like get­ting his mower out and mow­ing my lawn but I said do not do it be­cause Goobidi are sup­posed to do it.”

Goobidi Hack is sup­posed to mow the lawns of the 60 pen­sion­ers within ev­ery month at a con­tracted price of $10 but ac­cord­ing to Rose she is not alone in hav­ing an over­grown yard.

“There are about eight that I know of,” she said.

“I tried to ring and I couldn’t get any an­swer, I went there last Tues­day and the men were out the front so I asked when are you com­ing up our street, they said Wed­nes­day and here it is a week later and they’re still not here.

“How many old peo­ple are there with lawns need­ing mow­ing?”

Goobidi said it is cur­rently look­ing at the pro­cesses of the mow­ing crew and at this point, does not want to com­ment on why the lawns have not been mowed.

“Goobidi is aim­ing to have ev­ery lawn mowed be­fore Christ­mas but this can­not be guar­an­teed,” a spokesman said.

Rose en­cour­aged af­fected pen­sion­ers to con­tact the Queens­land aged and dis­abil­ity ad­vo­cacy on 1800 818 338.

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