By Melissa Sheil
DUST everywhere, cracks in houses and a lack of communication is what residents living next to the The Hales subdivision in Forrestfield say has been the norm since construction started near their homes six months ago.
Heath Ryan said he is fed up with the hassle that comes from living near the site and doesn’t feel like anyone is listening to resident’s concerns.
“We’ve got cracks all around the base of the house and tiles and are having our breath cut off with the sand and dust everywhere,” he said.
“Our neighbour has a standing weekly appointment with pool cleaners where they have to take apart the whole filtering system, clean out the dirt and put it back together because it won’t work at all otherwise.”
Satterley Developers contracted Wormall Civil to complete The Hales project five years ago, but the project has only recently moved towards Crumpet Creek where the Ryan’s live.
Resident Emma Henley, whose fence borders the site, says she can’t open a window, have the animals outside or even let her kids go play in the backyard because of thick dust.
“I open the back door for even a minute and there’s sand everywhere, we can’t entertain, and others have got their kids wearing masks,” she said.
Mr Ryan’s wife Kylie said the severity of the cracks and dust as well as lack of communication was frustrating.
“I work underground up north so I’m no stranger to dust, I’m not fussy but if we had this much on site, we’d be in big trouble,” she said.
“It cuts off our breath sometimes and I’ve only been away on shift for two weeks and more cracks have come through in the time I’ve been gone.
“We’ve chatted to all the neighbours and the main thing is we can’t get in contact with anyone to help, no one will reply.”
Mr Ryan said an independent building inspector confirmed the cracks in his house are vibrational, caused by earthmoving vehicles.
A Satterley spokesman said complaints go through the contractor or the City, where they are discussed in a fortnightly meeting on site and that the City has the power to stop works if necessary.
“We have an efficient dust management plan in place which has been approved by the City that includes use of a water cart on site 24/7, Dustex and wind fencing,” he said.
Mr Ryan is doubtful of the plan’s effectiveness.
“I sit out here and watch them and they barely ever turn on that water cart.”
The Satterley spokesman said damages would be covered under insurance if there is evidence the construction caused it.
“Before we started works, a dilapidation survey was offered to homes within 50 metres of the site – those who chose to take up the offer are then offered post works dilapidation survey to check for damage,” the spokesman said.
Neither Mr Ryan nor Ms Henley recall being offered such a survey.