Scream­ing halt threat­ened

Kwinana Courier - - News -

THE Hal­loween Haunted House Com­mu­nity Event in Bal­divis is in doubt next year af­ter com­plaints from a res­i­dent prompted a City of Rock­ing­ham in­spec­tion.

More than 1000 peo­ple at­tended the haunted house on Wed­nes­day night, to en­joy a spooky spec­ta­cle, lolly bags and ice creams.

The event raised about $2000 to­wards a food van for Rock­ing­ham’s CREW: Chris­tians Ready Equipped and Will­ing.

Wil­low Tree Realty prin­ci­pal Janette Ab­bott said the com­mu­nity spirit was amaz­ing and the feed­back from the pub­lic pos­i­tive.

Let­ters were sent to res­i­dents in the vicin­ity no­ti­fy­ing them of the fundrais­ing event.

How­ever, Mrs Ab­bott said they were ac­cused of cre­at­ing a pub­lic nui­sance.

She said there were is­sues with ac­cess to a laneway.

“We were told we would need coun­cil ap­proval, which comes with ap­pli­ca­tion fees,” she said. “We were told we’ll need six toi­lets and fire ex­tin­guish­ers.

“It only goes for four hours.

“We may not be able to do it again.”

Mrs Ab­bott said ev­ery­one who at­tended had a great time.

“There were lots of screams and laughs,” she said. “But this has spoilt it.” The City of Rock­ing­ham’s cus­tomer ser­vice team re­ceived a com­plaint via tele­phone on Oc­to­ber 31 re­gard­ing a street in Bal­divis be­ing blocked off and stat­ing a res­i­dent could not ac­cess their prop­erty.

Mayor Barry Sam­mels said Coun­cil had a pol­icy and guide­lines re­gard­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion of events, which could be ac­cessed on the City’s web­site.

“We en­cour­age res­i­dents who are plan­ning to host an event to con­tact the City so our of­fi­cers can work with them to en­sure that all leg­isla­tive re­quire­ments are met,” he said.

Visit http://rock­ing­ham.wa.gov.au/Ourcity/Do­ing-busi­ness-in­Rock­ing­ham/Li­cences-per m its-and-reg­u­la­tions/ Hold­ing-an-event.

Pic­tures: Jon Hew­son

The 150m line to get into the Hal­loween Haunted House Com­mu­nity Event.

Ed­ward Scis­sor Hands lend­ing his cut­ting skills to Summah Hew­son (10).

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