By Melissa Sheil
CITY of Kalamunda staff revealed they are taking resident complaints regarding the Hale Road subdivision site seriously.
As reported last week in ‘Hassle with the Hales’ (Echo News, March 28) several residents living nearby the Forrestfield construction site felt they had not been listened to in their concerns surrounding dust management and cracks in their homes.
A City spokeswoman told Echo News they had received five formal complaints regarding dust suppression and had their Environmental Health team investigating each one and responding accordingly.
“The City takes all complaints seriously, and the health and wellbeing of the City’s residents, and visitors using the area, is paramount,” she said.
“City officers will be in touch with members of the community who have raised concerns to provide further updates.
“We are also in contact with the developer and the contractor to ensure their requirements are understood and the matter is progressing in regards to seeking compliance.”
The City wrote to developer Satterley and contractor Wormalls Civil in both January and March this year, requesting they take more effective measures to comply with their approved dust management plan.
Penalties for infringing on residents and the environment range from $100 to $200 but may increase to $5000 or a daily penalty of $500 should the matter be taken to court.
In terms of cracks in homes, complainant Heath Ryan was told by Wormall Civil his home lay 70 metres out from the site and the cracks are therefore not a result of construction or covered by insurance.
“They believe they have nothing to answer for, it’s a disappointing attitude,” he said.