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Stirred over house shaking

Steve and Anne Handel, of Tugun, have lost crockery from cupboards and appliances that were jiggling across benchtops.
Steve and Anne Handel, of Tugun, have lost crockery from cupboards and appliances that were jiggling across benchtops. John Gass

A TUGUN woman is worried that vibrations caused by earthworks for a development next door will cause damage to her home.

But the construction company building 12 units says the work causing the vibrations is actually designed to protect the neighbouring properties.

Anne Handel, 69, lives next door to a 12-unit development being constructed by Neumann Developments on the corner of Durran and Toolona streets.

Ms Handel said earthworks close to her fence were causing damage around her home.

"I'm terrified. It's like an earthquake," Ms Handel said.

"I'm just worried about what could happen."

Ms Handel said she had lost crockery that fell from cupboards and appliances were dancing across benchtops because of the levels of vibration.

Her husband, Steve, wants answers as to why a development is allowed to cause so much disruption to neighbours.

Mr Handel said the earthworks close to the boundary fence started about a week ago.

Neighbour Rob McLennan said the ground in his backyard was collapsing around the area of the earthworks.

"It (earthworks) was unbelievably loud," he said.

According to the development company's website, the 12-unit development on the corner of Durran and Toolona streets includes a basement-level car park.

Neumann Developments general manager Tim Scott said the earthworks were necessary to protect neighbouring properties.

"The apartment building will have basement parking and we are currently conducting wall shoring that will protect the integrity of adjacent properties when the basement excavation takes place," Mr Scott said.

"The shoring operation requires pre-drilling a surveyed wall line and then gradually vibrating the interlocking wall sections in around the proposed building perimeter.

"It is a tried and tested procedure that is proceeding as planned. It will be completed this week.

"The process is commonly called sheet piling and the adjacent property owners were pre-briefed about the work and what to expect."

Topics:  construction earthworks



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