Gardener fired for backyard ‘jungle’
THE Public Trustee of Queensland has responded to neighbours' complaints a Tweed Heads South property was allowed to turn into a "jungle" while under its control.
The Megan St home was put under the care of the Public Trustee some time ago. The daughter of the owner, aged 95, said he was in hospital in Queensland.
The Public Trustee's director of disability services, Clinton Miles, said the office took such complaints "very seriously" and had taken action to find a new gardener for the property.
Mr Miles said the previous gardener, based on the Gold Coast, had turned up to tackle the lawn since the complaint was made in February.
"That contractor has not done a good job," Mr Miles said.
Mr Miles said the gardener was not paid for the unfinished job. He said the department was putting a new contractor in place on Thursday.
The owner's daughter, Sally Rickard, said the Public Trustee should have checked the job was being done.
"It's a typical government rip-off," she said.
"It's just wrong."
But Mr Miles said an employee who lived in the Tweed had been driving past the property to check on it.
Meanwhile, the neighbours had stepped in to mow the front lawn to try to help out, so the job appeared to have been done.
Neighbour Lorraine Norman said the long grass was a hazard and she had seen vermin around the house.
"The front's been done by the other neighbour now for six months," she said.
"It's a fire hazard - the grass is up so high.
"It's just sad.
"It's just so neglected."