Housing commission tenant wants out of 'S--- City'

BEGGARS can't be choosers but Maxine Frescon is sick of living in "s**t city" after sewerage at her Anglicare managed home bubbled to the surface.

Ms Frescon said the trouble with her septic pipes started two weeks after she moved into her Department of Housing home at New Auckland in February, where she lives with her daughter and four kids under the age of 10.

Since then plumbers have been out to the house to fix the problem at least four times but the smell and flies still waft about, filling the house with a nasty odour.

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NOT HAPPY: Images from the overflowing sewerage at Maxine Frescon's house.
NOT HAPPY: Images from the overflowing sewerage at Maxine Frescon's house.

"I've had to tell my daughter to stay in town with the grandkids," she said.

"It's just disgusting and it's coming up through the pipes and into the house.

"You can see the septic is still weeping and [going] under the house…that's a health problem," Ms Frescon said.

After living at the house for four months, Ms Frescon is desperate to move out.

"Why they have us living in this house breathing in this smell and getting sick from the toxins I don't know," she said.

AnglicareCQ acknowledged that there has been problems with the sewage at the house however a plumber believed the blockage and subsequent overflowing was related to Ms Frescon flushing paper towels down the toilet.

Ms Frescon said she was forced to use paper towels for three days after she first moved in as she was unavailable to go to the shops to buy toilet paper.

STINKY BUSINESS: Department of Housing tenet Maxine Frescon wants to leave her house while the smell from sewerage. Photo Declan Cooley / The Observer
STINKY BUSINESS: Department of Housing tenet Maxine Frescon wants to leave her house while the smell from sewerage. Photo Declan Cooley / The Observer Declan Cooley

"There are other properties available and if the problem is found to be a genuine health risk the tenant would be eligible to be moved," an AnglicareCQ spokesperson said.

"However we first need to ascertain that the problem lies with the property itself, so that we don't put the tenant through the inconvenience of moving only to have the issue recur in a new place.

"At this point, based on the plumber's reports and what they've found when cleaning out the blockages in the pipes, we don't have evidence that there exists a health risk at the property," the spokesperson said.

But because Ms Frescon has only lived in the house for four months, she is unable to move out for good until she has been there for sixth months.

Because the Department of Housing has found Ms Frescon a place in transitional housing, her application for long term housing is put on hold for six months.

At the end of the six months she will then be eligible for long-term housing.

"I need someone to get me in another house until this mess is cleaned up," Ms Frescon said.

"I don't want my kids breathing in this stuff.

"It's their job to house me in a better facility than this s**t city," she said.



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