Parents from Beaudesert State High School have created misery for locals

BOGGED IN: Frustrated residents Peter Moran, Jock Burdock, Wendy Zironda, Wendy Sorensen, Heidi Robertson and Dale Woodward. Photo: L. Sathicq
BOGGED IN: Frustrated residents Peter Moran, Jock Burdock, Wendy Zironda, Wendy Sorensen, Heidi Robertson and Dale Woodward. Photo: L. Sathicq

ELDERLY residents living on Brisbane Street are furious at the state of their front yard, which they say has been churned into mud flats by parents parking illegally on government land.

The Housing Commission tenants are aged in their late 70s and 80s, with some of them requiring mobility scooters to get around town.

Long term resident Peter Moran said there had been 20 to 30 vehicles parking on the property in the afternoons to wait for their children to cross the road from the high school.

He said a recently installed bus shelter near the property had caused storm water to flood the property and with recent rains, tyres had created a mud pit in what was essentially their front yard.

"All this mud used to be grass," he said. "Now look at it. Yesterday morning at least two cars, one of them a 4WD, got bogged and had to be towed," Mr Moran said.

Neighbour Heidi Robertson said the parents dropping off or picking up their children did not take well to suggestions they should park elsewhere.

"We have been abused and sworn at," the 77-year-old said.

The grass at the front of the Housing Commission units has been churned into mud after the rains.

The grass at the front of the Housing Commission units has been churned into mud after the rains.

Fellow resident Dale Woodward said destroying the lawn and swearing at residents was not the only problem.

"They also toss their rubbish on the ground- Maccas bags and lunch wrappers everywhere and we are cleaning up after them every day," he said.

"We know that people just want to pick their kids up but there is an empty block of land over there, right near the school, why don't they turn that into a car park for the parents? And really, how do they know they are parking illegally when there is not even a no parking sign anywhere nearby?"

A housing department spokesperson said all Queenslanders deserved access to a safe, secure and sustainable home.

"The department, like any property manager, actively identifies and manages property issues, including regularly inspecting properties and linking tenants with supports to maintain their property," the spokesperson said.

"The local Housing Service Centre is working with residents to address any issues or concerns at the affected residence. We will arrange for an immediate inspection at the property and work towards a solution on this issue."