Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Alan Wants the Bullying Stopped; Aged Residents Are Unable to Live in Peace at Emu Park Housing Commission Units

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Alan Wants the Bullying Stopped; Aged Residents Are Unable to Live in Peace at Emu Park Housing Commission Units

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Byline: Zhanae Conway-Dodd zhanae.conway-dodd@capnews.com.au

CONTINUING PROBLEMS

Alan said all of the housing commission neighbours were fed up with the following behaviour.

Nasty letters in the letter box

Stones in the letter box

Stones left on lawns

Plants being poisoned

Garden edging being painted red, white and blue without permission

Walking around late at night in others' backyards

Taking hose fittings from community hoses

Taking soaking hoses and hiding them in the bushes

Fires in the backyard with aerosol cans being put in to explode

ALAN Waugh is 86 years old so you would think the days of falling victim to school yard bullying tactics would be a thing of the past for him.

But it's not.

The Emu Park man, along with his neighbours, is sick of the actions of a resident who the group claims is making their housing commission units a living nightmare.

The community is made up of 10 elderly residents, four of whom are in their eighties.

And according to Alan, nine of them get along except for one fellow in his late fifties/early sixties.

The harassment started, Alan says, before he moved in, which was four years ago now, and has continued ever since.

But no matter how many times all of the residents approach the Department of Housing and Public Works, Alan said nothing was done.

"He (the resident) does little things to upset everyone," Alan said.

"It started with nasty letters in everyone's letterboxes, followed by him leaving stones in the letterbox. He even scatters small stones across each of our lawns so when you mow the rocks kick up.

"I'm surprised they haven't bounced up and broken a window."

Alan claimed the man began to annoy residents in more creative ways, by painting over their garden bed edging, which they had recently painted themselves.

"I painted mine a nice beige yellow colour and he came and painted it red, white and blue," Alan said. …

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