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Residents' patience cracks
Jerrabomberra Residents Association president Kim Howatson with her son James, and residents Rose Johnstone, Anthony and Riley Howatson, and
Arno Beckmann are concerned about the dust and damage to their homes due to the Edwin Land Parkway road extension. Pictured below are cracks
in Arno Beckmanns' house that were not there prior to construction.
Picture: Elesa Lee
JERRABOMBERRA residents whose
properties back onto the Edwin Land
Parkway extension site say their homes
are suffering damage because of the
Severe vibrations from machinery
have caused significant cracks in
brickwork and internal walls of homes
along Macadamia Close.
Owner Rose Johnstone, who works
from home, said the vibrations felt like
an earthquake had hit.
"You could feel it, it was coming
through the floor, it was vibrating," she
"If you're sitting at a table or a desk
you could feel the vibration and I had
headaches all day long."
Arno Beckmann believes his home,
which he and his partner rent, has
suffered greatly both internally and
externally as a result.
"Our front window ... has moved by
10mm," he said.
"I was out in the garage ... I looked
at the side wall, and I could see
daylight straight through ... it's crack-
"It's only since this has started."
Small cracks that were visible along
the garden paths in his backyard before
the construction started had since
widened and deepened.
"If we're getting cracks in the house,
something's going on and above
normal wear and tear," Mr Beckmann
He said the real estate agents had
visited the property and taken photos
of the damage.
Jo McCartney is also concerned the
vibrations have exacerbated the cracks
in her home caused by drought.
"I might have to get an engineer in
to have a look," she said.
When the construction started more
than two months ago, contractors
visited the properties to investigate the
vibration problem and take photos of
any damage caused after complaints
Council general manager Gary
Chapman said if homes were found to
have been damaged as a result of the
works, Council's insurance company
"Our normal course of action is
either we would send it to our
insurance company, or the contractor
would send it to their insurance
company," he said.
The residents are also angry about
the amount of dust covering their
houses and backyards, as well as
varying responses from council staff
about the project itself, including the
replacement of fences.
Mr Chapman said fences would be
adjusted but the requirements would
differ for each property.
"Some two-storey properties will
have different measurements under-
taken," he said. "A neighbour might be
receiving different treatment to what
they'll be receiving."
In relation to excessive dust, Mr
Chapman said he would speak to the
project engineer about the issue and
would arrange for a water cart.
Jerrabomberra Residents Associ-
ation president Kim Howatson, whose
property backs onto the construction
site, conducted a letterbox drop to 50
homes asking residents to contact her
if they had concerns.
So far she has received 15 com-
plaints from residents and the number
"A 30 per cent strike rate is excel-
lent, a sad reflection, but excellent,"
Mrs Howatson said. "We understand
they've got to do the job ... but they
just need to be a bit more mindful of
"Council are not communicating
whatsoever, that's one of our biggest
frustrations, is we just don't know
what's going on."
Mrs Howatson has written a letter to
council listing the residents' concerns
and is hopeful of a response.
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