By ERWIN CHLANDA
Truckloads of garbage were removed today from a house in a suburban street in the New Eastside, according to a neighbour.
She said the quantity of the refuse made it incomprehensible how people could have lived there. For months the overcrowded house was the scene of noisy fights but police appeared to be powerless to stop them.
There was a lot of swearing and frequently women were screaming for help, the neighbour says.
To the best of her knowledge the residents had bought the house with a loan from Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) who is now the mortgagee in possession.
She says it seems clear that the Federal government would incur significant losses over the damage to the house.
We were told by IBA that it “has strict secrecy provisions in its enabling legislation that prevent any of its staff from disclosing any information which concerns the affairs of another person unless it is for the purposes of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 (Commonwealth Act)”.
The media officer in Canberra added: “Please direct any future media enquiries to me and I will ensure that you receive a timely response.”
Under the Act the IBA board “is to ensure the proper and efficient performance of its functions.
“Our vision is for a nation in which the First Australians are economically independent and an integral part of the economy,” IBA says on its website.