Residents fear more mudslides
HYDEAWAY Bay residents affected by the March landslides are angry and want answers from Council about the safety of their homes.
About 25 concerned residents from Gloucester Ave, Saddleback Rd and Rattray Ave met on Tuesday to form an action group to demand some answers from local and State Governments.
They were still waiting for the streets and drains to be cleaned properly by council and haven’t yet seen the risk assessment report completed by a geo-technical engineer after the area was declared a natural disaster zone and houses were evacuated.
Although there were no injuries or houses destroyed by the three mudslides in one week, the residents said they lived in fear of it happening again.
They also said council offered no ongoing support once the residents were allowed to move back in to their homes.
Rattray Ave resident Dan Glasgow said he wanted to know why the subdivision was approved if there was a danger of landslides.
He said they trusted council’s expertise to approve the subdivision and wouldn’t have bought there if they knew it had landslide potential.
Gloucester Ave resident Andrew Hines, whose elevated pole house copped large amounts of mud in the downstairs storage area after one of three mudslides on March 29, said he had since found out there was a landslide in the area in 1991, which he believed council knew about prior to approving the development.
Mayor Mike Brunker said he believed the former council would have conducted assessments on the land before approving the development but they would not have tested the hills where the landslides started.
"Council cannot go on to private land and do assessments for them [now]," he said.
"It is up to them to get their own advice."
Cr Brunker said council was waiting for legal advice before they would release the current geo-technical risk assessment report and dismissed suggestions council was trying to hide anything.
"We have got nothing to hide," he said. "I don’t know that the level of technical information these people will want will be in the report.
"What has happened is like an act of God.
"I can understand they are scared at the moment but I think they are looking for someone to blame."