Garbage collectors have started removing a huge pile of
rubbish at the Sydney home of a family of hoarders, but
neighbours say it won't stay clean for long.
Waverley Council contractors arrived on Friday morning to
pick up rotting garbage at the house in the beachside suburb
They are making their way through about 200 cubic metres of
waste, which has been building up at the Boonara Avenue
property since 2006.
Mary Bobolas and her daughters, Elena and Liana, lost their
court case last month after nearly a decade of legal wrangles
with the council over the removal of the rubbish.
Terry Kudmore, 71, has lived opposite since 1977 and says the
enormous mound of garbage has been a constant problem for the
Unless the council made a rolling order and cleaned up the
front yard as the rubbish accumulated, the problem wouldn't
go away, he said.
"It's a bandaid (solution). It hasn't worked ... why would it
work now?" Mr Kudmore told AAP.
He claims the women have stored "bags and bags and bags" of
extra rubbish in a house down the street, ready to top up the
pile once the contractors leave.
"As soon as (the removalists) are gone, they'll bring them
He said the eyesore had shaved $480,000 off the sale of the
house next door.
"Why should I lose half a million dollars on the value of my
house? That really peeves me off," he said.
Flats next to the home are abandoned because rats used to run
up a tree between the hoarders' property and into the units,
Waverley Council general manager Arthur Kyron said the
council's first priority would be to make sure the rubbish
doesn't heap up again.
"There are obviously underlying factors causing this problem
to continue to occur," he said in a statement.
A community support service has been on site to offer the
Bobolas family support during the clean-up, and police have
The council plans to charge the family for the cost of the
clean-up after spending about $350,000 in cleaning costs
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