No answer on evictions for troublemaking tenants

HOUSING NSW can not yet confirm whether residents believed to be responsible for a large chunk of crime and antisocial behaviour in West Dubbo have been evicted from their public housing.

A Dubbo City Council meeting heard this week that the tenants had been shifted out.

The matter arose during a discussion about Australia Post's suspension of mail delivery services, which had followed a string of attacks on posties in which groups of children spat on and hurled rocks and bottles at them.

A spokesperson for Housing NSW told the Daily Liberal: "Family and Community Services is pursuing a number of issues in the Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal (CTTT) which could lead to evictions in the future and/or a Specific Performance Order which means the tenant is on notice to improve behaviour.

"These matters are currently being reviewed by the CTTT with a decision expected shortly."

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Last week Parkes MP Mark Coulton said Australia Post should reconsider its stance and reinstate the posties given he understood Housing NSW was in the process of shifting some of the most troublesome residents in the neighbourhood out.

Meanwhile, a private security operator has defended the amount he has quoted to provide a security service he says could allow the safe return of posties to the troubled area of West Dubbo.

He said the $1740 per week he quoted Australia Post to provide the service is a reasonable sum given the costs he will have to wear in establishing and maintaining the service.

Last week the Leavers Street resident told the Daily Liberal he was among those sick of having to pick up regular mail and parcels from the post office since delivery services were suspended.

Suggestions such as a communal mailbox in the area, changing mail delivery times and mounting security cameras on postie bikes were put forward at a series of meetings between Australia Post, residents, Dubbo City Council and police but more than three months down the track Australia Post is refusing to allow posties back into the area until it believes it is safe for them to do so.

The man said he met with Mr Coulton last week to explain his proposal, which he had already sent to Australia Post, and had made another appointment to see the MP.

He said he remained hopeful Australia Post would give him the nod to go ahead with the contract, which would involve installing a dashboard camera in a vehicle that tailed the postie through O'Donnell, Leavers, Alcheringa and surrounding streets while he or she delivered the mail.

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