Working with Neighbours
We know that the loss of each affected house is an impact felt by the homeowners and tenants as well as the neighbours which surround each property.
The ACT Government wants to work closely with neighbours to keep properties safe and secure; to provide information about the demolition process and rebuild as well as support neighbours through the change in their streets.
There are nearly 3500 neighbours who have several 'Mr Fluffy' houses nearby and the Taskforce will focus engagement efforts towards neighbours who reside near several affected properties which may be vacant for up to three years or scheduled for demolition.
There can be many experiences for neighbours living near several houses and waiting for the rebuild process to begin and new neighbours to arrive.
We want to ensure that our Canberra community remains well connected during this time and a strong cohesive community is reliant on good neighbour relationships.
The Taskforce will work directly with neighbours near several 'Mr Fluffy' houses and encourages participation in community initiatives like Neighbour Day on Sunday 27th March 2016.
Neighbour Day is Australia's annual celebration of community and is a great opportunity to reach out to a new neighbour, organise a street get together or invite a neighbour over for a cuppa or a BBQ.
It could be an opportunity to reach out to people in surrounding streets and connect with new people in your suburb ahead of the rebuild and the welcoming of new people to your street.
Rebuilding will give each community, neighbourhood, street and homeowners a new beginning, free from loose fill asbestos insulation.
- The ACT Government will work together with neighbours and local community to keep them informed and ensure the vacant property is managed and maintained, including gardens and security. In addition, the Taskforce and contractors will liaise with neighbours prior to demolition activity.
- Neighbours who have concerns about a vacant property can visit the Taskforce website and complete an e-report about a house. If people are concerned about property entry or trespass they should call the police on the non-urgent crime number 131 444 and for dumping or vandalism call Access Canberra on 13 22 81. If the matter is an emergency then people should call Triple 000.
- The Taskforce will engage directly with neighbours who live near several 'Mr Fluffy' properties.
- Participate in Neighbour Day 2016
- Call Access Canberra on 13 22 81
- Neighbours who have concerns about the maintenance of a vacant property can 'Tell us about a house'.
- If people are concerned about property entry or trespass you should call the police on the non-urgent crime number 131 444 and for dumping, vandalism or other concerns contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81.If the matter is an emergency then people should call Triple 000.
- If you need additional support call Lifeline (24 hours) 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue 1300 224 636