A SELF-described hoarder will continue to “sleep rough” on an empty block, after his North Byaduk home was demolished and 17 years worth of collected materials dumped in landfill.
The 58-year-old owner of the property has not been able to live in his overcrowded house for a number of years, instead sleeping in his car and surviving without electricity or running water.
Southern Grampians Shire Council (SGSC) deemed the house “unfit for human inhabitation” in 2011 and, after a lengthy court battle, secured a court order to have it demolished.
Council had the authority to follow through with the order more than 12 months ago, but delayed the process out of fear for the owner’s psychological well-being.
The ongoing case has revealed gaping holes in the region’s health services, paralysing authorities and ill-equipped agencies for more than a decade.
But on Wednesday morning, the order was carried out.
The owner of the property was present when police officers oversaw Brant Murrihy Demolitions workers begin loading mountains of decayed belongings into trucks.
Demolishing the house brought a bittersweet end to neighbours’ long and arduous battle.
Full story in the Spectator on Saturday, February 1, 2014