Ac­tion sought at Re­gatta Waters

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

RE­GATTA Waters res­i­dents want an­swers.

The Whit­sun­day es­tate, for­merly owned by Lat­i­tude De­vel­op­ment Group, fell into the hands of re­ceivers 18 months ago.

Res­i­dents Eero Re­htla and Jack McLeigh said when they first moved to the es­tate it was well main­tained and looked af­ter, but since the re­ceiver­ship they had no­ticed a sig­nif­i­cant change, in­clud­ing over­grown grass in va­cant lots and com­mon ar­eas - all worse since Cy­clone Deb­bie.

“The com­mon ar­eas here used to be main­tained by a main­te­nance in­di­vid­ual who had a ride on mower but now noth­ing is be­ing done,” Mr Re­htla said.

“The con­cern we have is that in the sum­mer months we will have a huge amount of snakes in­hab­it­ing our own yards.

“I know a bloke who saw a brown snake just a cou­ple of days ago and this is ap­proach­ing win­ter.”

A nearby walk­way which has been flooded with “stag­nant” wa­ter has also prompted crit­i­cism from con­cerned res­i­dents.

“There is a con­crete walk­way un­der the road that has been full of wa­ter for the last five weeks and its just sit­ting there wait­ing for mos­qui­toes to come,” Mr McLeigh said.

“The an­swer I got from (the body cor­po­ra­tion) was that it’s our re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

Res­i­dents have since taken their con­cerns to ERNST Body Cor­po­ra­tion Man­age­ment (EBCM) which is re­spon­si­ble for the es­tate.

How­ever, Mr McLeigh said the an­swers they had re­ceived had not been clear.

“We don’t know where we stand, what I gath­ered from (the cor­re­spon­dence) is they are pass­ing the buck to us,” he said.

Mr McLeigh said he just wanted clar­ity and re­as­sur­ance that they were get­ting what they paid for.

“We keep ask­ing in our let­ters ‘Why do we pay a body corp con­tri­bu­tion fee ev­ery quar­ter?’ and we don’t get a re­ply,” he said.

“Why hasn’t the money been spent here?”

EBCM se­nior body cor­po­rate man­ager Terry Jose said any res­i­dents that wished to dis­cuss the mat­ter fur­ther should con­tact his of­fice.

PHOTO: JA­COB WIL­SON

UNHAPPY: Re­gatta Waters res­i­dents Jack McLeigh and Eero Re­htla are con­cerned about the es­tate.

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