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Stalled pipe work blocks access

Monday, 1st April, 2019

Alan Wonderley wants this excavator gone. PICTURE: Michael Murphy Alan Wonderley wants this excavator gone. PICTURE: Michael Murphy

By Michael Murphy

A contractor has abandoned an excavator in front of an Argent Street house, frustrating the home-owner who needs access for his wheelchair-bound wife.

Alan Wonderley is so incensed about the lack of action, he’s put a ‘for sale’ sign on it, hoping the publicity will swing someone into action.

The work crew had been replacing a main pipe in the street for Essential Water.

They started at the corner of Argent and Bromide streets before making their way up the road in front of Mr Wonderley’s house, opposite the Duke of Cornwall Park.

The work crew gave nearby residents plenty of notice about the works.

Mr Wonderley said that when he checked in with them, he told them he needed front-of-house access for his wife, and they assured him the works would only block his house for a day.

That was three weeks ago.

The excavator has been left parked on the road, its bucket still in a half-dug trench. Workers only had 15 metres to go before they finished the block.

Alan rang Council, who gave him Essential Water’s phone number. He rang Essential Water, and they rang back and told his wife they couldn’t do anything about it.

They didn’t offer a reason why the job had suddenly stopped.

“Why can’t they cap it and fill it in, and park it across the street out of everybody’s way,” said Mr Wonderley, pointing to free space in front of the park.

“We need access.”

He said his wife had to go to hospital four days ago and she had to be wheeled up the street so she could access a vehicle.

“They need to do something about it.”

Mr Wonderley’s ‘for sale’ sign has a phone number on it that he says belongs to Essential Water.

BDT rang the number and did not get a response.

“It cost me six dollars for the sign, but I’ll keep putting them up if they want to pull them down.”

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