It’s ham­mer time dur­ing Rebel’s war

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - THE SNITCH - BEN PIKE

IT’S jack­ham­mers at 10 paces as Rebel Wil­son and her neigh­bours go to war over noise, dust and in­tru­sive win­dows in an ex­clu­sive Har­bour­side sub­urb.

Mil­lion­aires back­ing onto the har­bour in Syd­ney’s in­ner west are fu­ri­ous that four ma­jor ren­o­va­tions — in­clud­ing Hol­ly­wood star Wil­son’s $900,000 re­de­vel­op­ment — are ru­in­ing their lux­u­ri­ous life­styles.

Ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing Wil­son, has com­plained about ex­ces­sive noise and dust, while Wil­son has also been con­cerned about ob­struc­tion of her wa­ter views.

In Novem­ber, the Pitch Per­fect star posted a shot on In­sta­gram of the early stages of the ren­o­va­tion and the view she will en­joy from her water­front prop­erty.

Works were ini­tially de­layed af­ter her plan­ning con­sul­tants failed to get a neigh­bour’s per­mis­sion for ac­cess to their prop­erty.

“We have en­dured 18 months of this with no end in sight,” one res­i­dent said.

“We would never have moved here if we knew it was go­ing to be such a con­struc­tion site. It’s crazy.”

The Hol­ly­wood ac­tor’s builders have been us­ing mini-jack­ham­mers to min­imise the im­pact.

The home re­mains gut­ted while works are go­ing on. Builders nearby said they had seen the star in­spect the prop­erty.

De­spite the havoc, res­i­dents said the ac­tor, who hails from Syd­ney’s Hills district, is “lovely”.

Three years ago Ms Wil- son com­plained about her neigh­bour’s ren­o­va­tion, which has been go­ing on for three years.

She said the al­ter­ations would block her “iconic high-value views” of the CBD, North Syd­ney and Par­ra­matta River and pushed for an over­look­ing win­dow to be “frosted” for pri­vacy.

Wil­son’s al­ter­ations to her $3.7m, three-bed­room home are rel­a­tively hum­ble in com­par­i­son to some.

Plans ap­proved by In­ner West Coun­cil show the in­stal­la­tion of a small pool, new bal­cony and mas­ter bed­room up­stairs. Her man­age­ment did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment.

Last month the High Court de­clined spe­cial leave to ap­peal the Vic­to­rian Ap­peal’s Court de­ci­sion re­quir­ing Ms Wil­son to pay back about 90 per cent of her $4.7m defama­tion pay­out from Bauer Me­dia.

She suc­cess­fully sued the pub­lisher of Woman’s Day af­ter a se­ries of ar­ti­cles falsely branded her a se­rial liar.

Pic­ture: Tim Hunter

Rebel Wil­son’s reno is along­side that of her neigh­bour.

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