Southern Metropolitan Region - public housing maintenance (19.9.2018)
Written on the 19 September 2018
GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)
My constituency question is to the Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing.
It relates, again, to public housing maintenance on a property in Ashwood. The tenant had an issue with a curved mesh pipe in the shower recess that is rusty and dripping rusty gunge into the shower and had been doing so for a considerable number of years. This matter was subject to an article in the Age, so it is very well known. Fearing the pipe may burst and cost him more money to repair, the tenant called the Box Hill housing office seeking an urgent repair. This was refused. Only if the pipe burst and flooding occurred would the repair be considered urgent. Non-urgent jobs can take months to be rectified. After considerable pressure was applied by the tenant, the housing office relented and sent out a plumber, who immediately agreed that the job needed to be attended to. In the words of the email I received:
'Oh my God, that needs changing,' he said, followed by: 'I'll go get my tools.'
So, Minister, I ask: could you please provide me with advice as to why pipes have to burst before any plumbing repair can take place at a public housing property? Surely this is a false economy.