Port Fairy resident Judith Scriven in unhappy with the Department of Housing s decision to erect this temporary unit beside her home without consultation. A PORT Fairy resident has claimed the Department of Human Services (DHS) has been held to a double standard after a temporary unit was built next to her home last week with minimal consultation.
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The two-bedroom Elizabeth Street unit is sitting on stumps for easier relocation, giving it a clear view over Judith Scriven’s rear courtyard.

Mrs Scriven said the DHS was able to bypass the standard consultation with neighbouring residents, allowing the temporary housing to go up in just two days.

The DHS told The Standard it went through a full building approval process with Moyne Shire Council before the unit was placed.

With no opportunity to object to her loss of privacy, Mrs Scriven invited Moyne Shire councillors Mick Wolfe, Jim Doukas and Bernie Harris to inspect the property last week.

“It now appears that the council’s only knowledge of this building was via a letter to the planning department advising them that a building would be constructed on the property,” Mrs Scriven said.

“Apparently no consultation with owners of adjoining properties, no council input, no building inspections and no planning concerns are required by this department.

“There’s no way a normal resident would be permitted to build something like that.”

However, DHS spokesman Mike Griffin said the Moyne Shire Council had been consulted in the standard approval process, but met no resistance.

“The department went through a full building approval process before the unit was placed,” he said.

“The department will be happy to discuss any concerns the neighbour may have.”

With windows looking directly into her rear courtyard, Mrs Scriven said she faced unwanted costs to restore privacy and amenity through curtains and landscaping.

“I’m concerned that a government department can come in and put a building in a residential area and adjoining property owners have no input. It’s a loss of privacy and if we’d had a chance to have input we could’ve had it put in a different position, or the windows could’ve faced east instead of south, the coldest side.

“Did they even make an inspection of the area to see if there were any concerns?”

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