Council orders Finley ‘eyesore’ clean-up
Berrigan Shire will issue an order to the owner of a vacant property in Pinnuck St, Finley to clear a mess which has been an ongoing issue.
Berrigan Shire has received numerous complaints from surrounding neighbours about overgrown plants and bushes, abandoned vehicles and other general rubbish on the property.
A side fence backing onto a street lane is also heavily tilted, and some parts of the fence destroyed.
Development manager Laurie Stevens told Berrigan Shire Council’s August meeting that council staff had attempted to clean up the property ‘‘for years’’, but the property owner had not been co-operative.
Mayor Matt Hannan said the property had been an eyesore for too long.
‘‘A year ago I said this problem had gone on for over nine years and now here we are at 10 years. We have a duty of care to other residents who should not have to live next to this,’’ he said.
A nearby neighbour of the property, who wishes to remain anonymous, said when it rains in summer the smell coming from the property is ‘‘foul.’’
‘‘I complained to the council five years ago. Other neighbours and myself have had problems with vermin, and the fact it’s a fire hazard,’’ the neighbour said.
‘‘We are concerned that children from nearby schools will enter the property and will injure themselves.’’
Councillors also raised concerns the issue could devalue surrounding properties.
‘‘It needs to be cleaned up as soon as possible,’’ Cr Daryll Morris said.