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"Overgrown mess" by highway a threat to homes, resident says

OUT OF CONTROL: This overgrown patch of land has yet to be tended to despite numerous calls and requests over many months from concerned resident Gayle Thew.
OUT OF CONTROL: This overgrown patch of land has yet to be tended to despite numerous calls and requests over many months from concerned resident Gayle Thew. Daniel McKenzie

AN UNKEPT portion of land off a Pacific Highway exit road onto Kennedy Dr in Tweed Heads West is proving an eyesore and hazard for residents after being left to grow out of control.

Barrett St resident Gayle Thew, whose unit backs onto the unruly patch of land, has been trying since December 2014 to have the land tended to.

UNRULY: Gayle Thew looking on as the overgrown patch of bush behind her home continues creeping over the fence line.
UNRULY: Gayle Thew looking on as the overgrown patch of bush behind her home continues creeping over the fence line. Daniel McKenzie

Mrs Thew rang council and State Government, followed by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), after being advised they were responsible for the section of land.

 

Ten months has passed and Mrs Thew has still been unable to have the overgrown bushland tended to and is concerned for the safety of her home and that of other residents.

"It's an absolute disgrace. If someone threw a cigarette butt, it could be a fire hazard," Mrs Thew said.

"It's a haven for rubbish, and tenants just throw stuff over the fence.

"Ants invade my place and it's full of midges, mosquitoes and rats. It's a complete mess."

Mrs Thew said despite multiple calls to RMS, everyone had passed the buck.

The RMS has been invited to respond to Mrs Threw's comments.

Topics:  pacific highway tweed heads


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