"Complex issues" led to filthy homes sitting idle

ABANDONED: Ten properties in Hillsdon Court have been left vacant following the 2011 floods.
ABANDONED: Ten properties in Hillsdon Court have been left vacant following the 2011 floods. David Nielsen

THE two-year delay in placing 10 flooded and filthy Goodna Housing Commission properties on the market has been attributed to "complex issues" by the Department of Housing and Public works.

The QT revealed last week the properties had been internally stripped in the clean up following the 2011 floods but had been left in a filthy state for more than two-and-a-half years.

The properties were put up for sale in April, despite the department deciding to sell the properties in 2011.

A departmental spokesperson said that prior to listing the property for sale, the department had to consider a number of complex issues including property title and access to water, sewage and power.

But the department refused to detail the issues because the property is under contract.

"Specific details regarding this process and the property in general are commercial-in- confidence," the spokesperson said.

Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller said the home owners in Hillsdon Court had been let down by the housing department.

"The housing department indicated immediately after the floods that they would seek to sell the property. I was concerned that they would simply be selling the problem on to other people," she said.

"It's been a very sore-point among the private owners of the complex. I have visited those owners and they felt let down by the LNP government because nothing had been done."


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