__MAIN_TEXT__
feature-image

Page 5

MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire has ordered the owner of this Hastings property to clean it up. Rats scurrying inside and outside the house were filmed by a television current affairs crew. Pictures: Yanni

Clean-up order for rat-infested house Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au A HASTINGS house is so rat-infested that the rodents can be seen running along inside window ledges and climbing plants in the overgrown garden. Neighbours say the property is a health risk. Mornington Peninsula Shire has warned it will clean the property tomorrow (Wednesday 17 February) if it has not been done by the owner. Old clothing and newspaper are among the piles of rubbish outside the owner-occupied house. The house, surrounded by trees and bushes, backs onto a regularly mown

council reserve. Lee-Anne McGuinness, who has lived next door for four years, said she and other neighbours had “had enough” of the problem. “I’ve called the [Mornington Peninsula Shire council and the health department with no success and the CFA to say the property is a fire risk,” she said. “No one wants to do anything, but we have got to clean it up.” Ms McGuinness said her dogs and a neighbour’s cats “have got fleas from that property”. “My fear is that if the rats run out of food they will turn on him.” The shire last week confirmed that

acting on “residents’ complaints” it had issued a notice requiring the owner to remove the rats – and the rubbish. Follow up inspections over the next week would ensure the work was being done. Environment protection manager John Rankine said outreach services had also been in contact with the owner to offer support through the process. “Given the public health risk posed by the property we will arrange for the work to be done if it’s not completed within seven days,” Mr Rankine said. “Where owners are reluctant to take action, the shire has sufficient legal authority to ensure action is taken.”

HASTINGS COVE & WESTERNPORT GARDENS for enjoyable retirement

www.mrlc.com.au

OVER 55

Retirement Living you really can afford! 2 & 3 BR bri c k uni ts c l ose to the shops a nd M ar ina Hastings Cove and Westernport Gardens offer an idyllic lifestyle in a safe and secure environment. Come and experience for yourself the great community atmosphere, with many facilities from indoor bowls to our comprehensive library, gym and many social activities. ...and, of course. your pets are welcome!

HASTINGS COVE

WESTERNPORT GARDENS

5979 8812

5983 6767

2034 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Hastings (enter end of Michelle Drive)

2460 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Bittern (enter from Myers Road)

in association with MICHAEL DEVOLA & ASSOCIATES Licensed estate agents and auctioneers 63 Hampton St, Brighton 3136 Ph: 9592 2222

INSPECTION BY APPOINTMENT EVERY WEEKDAY 10AM – 3PM Visit our website www.mrlc.com.au or call now for full details Western Port News

17 February 2021

PAGE 5

Profile for Mornington Peninsula News Group

Western Port News 17 February 2021  

Western Port News 17 February 2021

Western Port News 17 February 2021  

Western Port News 17 February 2021

Advertisement