It's years now since the fire damaged an old wooden house in Ryrie Street, next door to one of Geelong's leading eye specialists. So why can't the owner pull it down?
GEELONG & REGION NEWSNeighbour raises concerns over derelict Ryrie St house
NEIGHBOUR of a derelict house in Ryrie St says it is unsafe and insecure,
despite making complaints to City Hall. The house on Ryrie
St, just east of Geelong Hospital, was involved in a spectacular blaze five
years ago. The house had already been abandoned and there had already
been complaints about squatters.
Helen Cant has lived next door for some years, and said it had not been easy. She
said she had written another letter to Geelong city council recently and the
council had said it would write to the owner again asking him to ``make good’’
Rex Harding, who lives across the road from the dilapidated and burnt out
house, said at the time of the blaze that he had experienced problems with
people jumping the security fence and entering the house. But
he denied at the time neighbours’ claims that squatters often frequented the
Ms Cant said she was very scared earlier in
the week with the strong winds.``There was a piece of roofing on the second
storey that was flapping around in the wind,’’ she said. Ms Cant showed the Geelong
a picture taken
last week of two pieces of iron hanging from the second-storey roof. She then
showed the same area later this week, with one of the pieces of roofing iron
missing.``I have no idea where it went,’’ she said.``This is not good enough. Young
people are in there all the time and it is very dangerous.’’
has a collection of items that have landed on her side of the fence, and
constantly lives in fear for her stained glass windows that face the ruined
house. She showed the Geelong Advertiser
at least two points where it was
possible to gain access to the property through the security fence.
security fencing is not secure and it doesn’t keep people out,’’ she said.
At the time of the blaze authorities
believed the fire had been deliberately lit.
Geelong city council had raised the question
of needing more powers to deal with eyesores such as this property and The Ritz
at the State Council of the Municipal Association of Victoria. The city’s
planning general manager Peter Bettess said the council had reissued a building
order on the owner of the burnt-out building in Ryrie St, directing him to
carry out minor works on the property. Mr Bettess said the reissued building
order directed the owner to secure the property, including materials on the
site, and address some issues with the security fencing.
336 RYRIE St was built in 1914 for Valentine
Noreda and was heritage-listed for its original Edwardian style design
qualities.The house was associated with famous local architect I.G. Anderson in
the early 1920s, who was believed to own the house for some time.
that under the existing state legislation, ensuring that the property
was secured was the extent of council’s powers in this matter.