Mayor responds to decrepit Memerambi houses
MEMERAMBI has certainly seen some improvements on the housing front in the past twelve months after original developers went into receivership and could not complete the dwellings.
But whilst there has been some significant developments, there is still work to be done.
South Burnett Mayor, Keith Campbell said he was keeping a close eye on the Memerambi housing situation after South Burnett Regional Council invested more than $2 million as a loan to assist in completing the unfinished housing estate back in 2016.
"I am chasing this matter up myself, it is something council is currently working on," Cr Campbell said.
The $2 million was used to complete road and drainage work and Cr Campbell said it was now up to the owners of the properties to complete the aesthetics of the properties.
"It is now the home owner's responsibility to update the houses," he said.
When asked why the houses still hadn't been completed, Cr Campbell said it was "simply a matter of dollars and cents."
Kingaroy real estate sales agent, Naomi Huskisson said she regularly gets questions when showing potential home owners through her Memerambi listings.
"People always ask what happened here. It's like a city that hasn't been completed," Miss Huskisson said.
Miss Huskisson said a lot of the home owners lived interstate which made it that much harder to get the improvements made.
"They are still paying off their mortgage but their is no one living there," she said.
This small minority of unfinished houses leaves a sour taste on an otherwise lovely little town.
Miss Huskisson said the future of Memerambi looked bright.
"There are locals chasing rentals in the area and we have some great houses to sell," she said.