Dust-up over rubbish dump

For 18 months Ann Hatcher and Lola Zerk have watched the piles of rubbish and fill spread across the Clearview development site.
For 18 months Ann Hatcher and Lola Zerk have watched the piles of rubbish and fill spread across the Clearview development site. Ben Hagemann

AFTER 18 months of construction at the Clearview Rise housing development, nearby residents have made their voices heard.

During the construction period Ann Hatcher and Lola Zerk have watched the reserve in front of their McDowall Street homes gradually fill up with building rubbish, dumped by Urban Land Development Authority (ULDA) contractors.

"The land is a state reserve, it was part of the old stock route leading out of Roma, but now that it's going to be built on they've dumped anything and everything there, fill, concrete, plastic, steel." Mrs Hatcher said.

"People used to use the reserve to ride their horses or motorbikes, I used to go out and mow it to keep the grass down.

"The dump trucks have been driving through too quickly and churning up the dirt road, and there all the dirt and concrete dust from the dumping."

Lola Zerk has said the dust causes further breathing difficulties for her husband Lionel, who suffers from emphysema.

"It's shocking for him, it's been a problem since the construction started.

"They said they would bring a water truck in, but they hardly used it at all, it didn't do anything to stop the dust.

"The dust blows all through the back of our house, covers the car and scratches the paint when we wash it, it's dreadful stuff."

Rhuski Pomerenke said she's having trouble selling her house in the area.

"Whenever we have someone come through, they look over the back fence and ask if that is a dump," she said.

"We try to keep the house sealed up, but the dust still gets in, and the swimming pool needs constant cleaning from all the dust dropping into it every day."

A ULDA spokesperson has stated that the dust problem was reported to them on October 31, and that no further dumping activity has taken place since then.

"The ULDA acted immediately and will work to ensure that the situation does not occur again," the spokesperson said.

The ULDA contractor has confirmed that water carts will be available for additional dust control should there be any future dust nuisances.

"The ULDA will continue to ensure that measures are in place to minimise dust from development on the construction site affecting surrounding residents.

"Given Roma's hot, arid climate, the ULDA will pay particular attention to manage dust control."

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