Evic­tion on cards for Im­bil landowner

The Gympie Times - - NEWS - Tom Daunt tom.daunt@gympi­etimes.com

AN IM­BIL man em­broiled in a fierce bat­tle with Gympie Re­gional Coun­cil over the state of his Kan­danga-Im­bil Rd prop­erty is fac­ing evic­tion.

Owen Tre­go­ning will re­turn to the Plan­ning and En­vi­ron­ment Court later this month to plead his case.

Mr Tre­go­ning was or­dered to pay $55,000 in le­gal costs ear­lier this year af­ter the coun­cil took him to court for fail­ing to heed warn­ings about il­le­gal use of his land, which had not been ap­proved for res­i­den­tial dwellings.

At the time, the coun­cil al­leged Mr Tre­go­ning was liv­ing in a derelict mini-vil­lage of car­a­vans and makeshift shacks.

His neigh­bours also com­plained their ru­ral life­style was be­ing ru­ined by loud par­ties, the con­stant run­ning of gen­er­a­tors and the stench of soiled toi­let pa­per.

Mr Tre­go­ning was or­dered to lodge an ap­pli­ca­tion for non-sew­ered, res­i­den­tial plumb­ing ap­proval and sub­mit to the coun­cil a build­ing ap­proval for the ex­ist­ing mo­bile homes.

He said he had com­plied, to the best of his abil­ity, and could not un­der­stand why he was be­ing dragged through the court sys­tem again.

“They (coun­cil) want me to move into a mo­bile home off my block of land af­ter they made me stump it and hook the plumb­ing up,” he said.

“I don’t know, they keep try­ing to take me to court for no rea­son.

“I just want to live on my block as an owner/builder and live in my mo­bile home while I build my shed.

“It is sit­ting there wait­ing to be built.”

In doc­u­ments sub­mit­ted to the Plan­ning and En­vi­ron­ment Court, Mr Tre­go­ning is now fac­ing evic­tion from his prop­erty for not com­ply­ing with the court’s orig­i­nal or­der.

To make mat­ters more com­pli­cated, Mr Tre­go­ning has just fin­ished un­der­go­ing treat­ment for leukaemia and said he would have been able to com­ply ear­lier if coun­cil had been more un­der­stand­ing of his health con­di­tion.

“Chemo is no walk in the park,” he said.

While un­able to com­ment on the mat­ters cur­rently be­fore the courts, Gympie Re­gional Coun­cil­lor Mark Mc­Don­ald said the leg­is­la­tion is for the ben­e­fit of ev­ery­one.

“Sim­ply put, the Plan­ning Act is for the ben­e­fit of the whole com­mu­nity,” he said.

“It also takes into ac­count sus­tain­able land use.

“It is about be­ing trans­par­ent.

“We are all on the same play­ing field and it is for the health and pros­per­ity of the com­mu­nity.”

❝ We are all on the same play­ing field and it is for the health and pros­per­ity of the com­mu­nity. — Cr Mark Mc­Don­ald

NOT OVER: Im­bil man Owen Tre­go­ning is still fight­ing coun­cil over the state of his prop­erty. PHOTO: RE­NEE AL­BRECHT

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