‘Disaster waiting to happen’ | PHOTOS

It’s a stinky problem, one that’s remained an issue in Whyalla for the past nine years.

The property on 37 Dennis Street has been a subject of many complaints to the Whyalla City Council over the years due to the state of its backyard, which features overgrown trees, piles of rubbish and an accumulation of human and dog feaces.

Local Real Estate Agent Geoff Ettridge, who’s business manages the attached rental property at 39 Dennis Street, said the home was a ‘disaster waiting to happen’ as an extreme public health and fire hazard.

"The property is overgrown with trees and huge piles of combustible waste. The gutters and roof gullies are choked up with leaf litter. I would imagine that the interior is similarly loaded up with waste,” he said.

“Our tenants are abandoning the property as a result of the potential danger and I don’t blame them. This is a disastrous state of affairs from a health and safety situation.”

However a recent inspection by the Metropolitan Fire Service found no fire hazards in the home.

In a statement on the home, council say they are currently conducting an investigation into a complaint in regards to the property which is being dealt with under the Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act.

“Initial investigations reveal the property is likely to breach the nuisance provisions,” they said.

“Council will be diligently following all the processes under the template provided by the Environment Protection Authority in accordance with the Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act.

“The owner of the property has been sent correspondence outlining the complaint. Council is working with other authorities to ensure all legislative requirements are being met at the property.”

The RSPCA will be investigating the portion of the complaint that deals with the welfare of animals on the property.

Council first received a complaint about the home in 2009, in regards to the keeping of sanitary bins and their contents on the property as well as an odour emanating from the property.

Council officers investigated the property and sent a letter requesting a clean up to the owner. A series of extensions to the deadline for the cleanup followed, as the owner failed to clean up the property.

In 2010 council organised for a special collection of hardwaste for the owner through a clean up company, but the owner failed to put the waste outside for collection on the agreed upon date.

Later that year council obtained a warrant to gain access to the property through the magistrates court. The clean up was extensively conducted over three days, with the owner eventually cooperating.

However in 2013 more complaints were received by council in regards to the condition of the property’s backyard, which had deteriorated over time.

From that year on the owner would respond to complaints by cleaning her house infrequently – leaving the property in a state that was not to the complainant’s expectations, but not bad enough to trigger enforcement action.