EYESORE: The burnt out remains of a house on the corner of Windemere and Back Windemere Roads. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
EYESORE: The burnt out remains of a house on the corner of Windemere and Back Windemere Roads. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Abandoned and burnt, home a health and safety risk

INNES PARK community members are labelling a house that burned down on Rifle Range Rd five months ago "dangerous" and "an eye sore" and are calling for it to be removed.

The house was razed to the ground on May 5 in a suspicious fire and is owned by Fabcot Pty Ltd, which is Woolworths' in-house corporate property division responsible for the construction, development and management of the retail centres around Australia.

There is an approved development application over the land for a shopping centre, medical centre and shops including fast food which is current until next year.

EYESORE: The burnt-out remains of a house on the corner of Windermere and Back Windermere Rds.
EYESORE: The burnt-out remains of a house on the corner of Windermere and Back Windermere Rds. Mike Knott BUNHOUSE

But Rifle Range Rd home owner Barry Ogden said he didn't think the shopping centre would be built in his lifetime and said in interim, Woolworths should look after its land.

Mr Ogden said he wanted the un-lived in house, beside the Rifle Range Rd and Back Windermere Rd roundabout to go, even before it burned down.

"Homeless people and druggos were living there," Mr Ogden said.

"There was always long grass and it was very untidy. I think good riddance."

Mr Ogden said he thought Woolworths would finally remove the house once it burned down but said they have not touched it.

"It is an eye sore, I should be cleared," Mr Ogden said.

"It would be nice if it was all cleared up."

Neighbour Diana Ballard agreed.

"It's just an eye sore and it looks terrible, it's dangerous too," Ms Ballard said.

"It's just a burned structure, it needs demolishing."

Ms Ballard felt it posed a danger to children.

"And it's not a good image for our neighbourhood," Ms Ballard said.

Desley Collins from Kingaroy was visiting her daughter who lives on the street yesterday.

Ms Collins said she wanted to make a complaint to the Bundaberg Regional Council as soon as she saw it.

"I think everyone in the street wants it to be gone. It's a derelict looking place," Ms Collins said.

But Gerry McKay and Di Watson who live further down the street weren't too bothered.

"It doesn't worry me. We haven't noticed it," Ms Watson said.

Mr McKay agreed.

"It doesn't worry me either way," Mr McKay said.

"I didn't even notice it (was burned) for a few days."

Ms Ballard felt Woolworths should have enough money to at least clean up the area.

The NewsMail asked Woolworths ten questions which included why the house had not been demolished and cleared away and when it intended to do so.

Woolworths failed to respond and instead issued the following statement.

"Woolworths has extended our DA on the property at the intersection of Rifle Range and Windermere Rd, Innes Park," the Woolworths spokesperson said.

"We will communicate our proposal with the local community in due course."

A Bundaberg Fire Brigade spokesman said fire authorities had no jurisdiction on the removal of burned houses.

A Bundaberg Regional Council spokesman said the council could, "if it deemed the structure to be a community health or safety hazard", issue a notice to the property owner to "undertake the clean-up".

The council did not specify whether or not such a notice had yet been sent to the property owner.\



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