ROWDY RESIDENTS: Police have been called to investigate incidents at Margaret Olsen Place.
ROWDY RESIDENTS: Police have been called to investigate incidents at Margaret Olsen Place. Mike Knott BUNMAR

Hell for woman as seniors village becomes party precinct

A 70-YEAR-OLD woman fears for her safety after the seniors village she lives in turned into a rowdy party precinct.

The woman, who wished not to be named, said she now felt trapped in the Margaret Olsen Place unit she had once loved so dearly.

"I've had six months of absolute hell here," she said.

The senior's village is located on Dr Mays Rd and is owned and operated by the Bundaberg Regional Council.

But the woman did not blame her rowdy neighbours, rather the way they had been placed into the council-run community housing.

Since months ago the woman said her elderly neighbour died and a 56-year-old severely disabled man was moved in.

The woman said the man required more appropriate accommodation than the independent living seniors village could provide.

She said she had worked with mental health patients before retiring and was not prejudice to their needs.

Her concern was that more and more younger people with mental health concerns were being moved into the senior's village.

The woman alleged drug dealing, alcohol fuelled parties and foul language were now common place in the retirement village.

She said men had knocked on her door at 9.30pm asking for cigarettes.

"It's not fair that you have to live in fear, I lock my screen door and close my curtains," she said.

The woman said she and her neighbours had contacted the council and the police had responded to their requests.

"They come out and they do speak to them, and the problem is resolved until next pay day," she said.

A Bundaberg Police spokeswoman said the police responded to two incidences at Margaret Olsen Place this year.

A council spokesman confirmed the council had also received complaints about residents. "Yes. However, council is unable to elaborate any further due to the privacy of residents," the spokesman said.

"Council takes concerns raised by residents seriously and acts in accordance with its obligations under the legislation which covers all providers of community housing."

"But policies have to be suitable, they have to be appropriate," he said.

The woman said she wished to move but was faced with a Department of Housing waitlist.



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