Western Suburbs Weekly - - Westernopinion -

WHO hasn’t lived next door to rowdy neigh­bours? Week­end par­ties still go­ing strong at 3am, thump­ing mu­sic, slam­ming doors, loud ar­gu­ments and revving car en­gines were a sta­ple of sub­ur­bia even be­fore houses were built to the block bound­ary. There is a house on Har­borne Street in Wem­b­ley that has been tem­po­rar­ily hous­ing peo­ple re­cov­er­ing from drug ad­dic­tions since 2009 and neigh­bours have com­plained about smok­ing and swear­ing com­ing over the fence. Com­plaints led to a coun­cil in­spec­tion that found the prop­erty housed too many clients and it now faces clo­sure. Granted, these are not your run-of-the-mill neigh­bours, but they are peo­ple in des­per­ate need of help, who have sought that help and are try­ing to turn their lives around. What they need is some com­pas­sion, guid­ance and un­der­stand­ing. These peo­ple need to be sup­ported, not cast aside by so­ci­ety for a bit of chain-smok­ing and blue lan­guage. Julian Wright - Re­porter

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