Boolaroo resident Robynne Phillpott outside her home. Boolaroo resident Robynne Phillpott outside her home. Photo by Mark Connors.
Boolaroo resident Robynne Phillpott outside her home. Photo by Mark Connors.
ROBYNNE Philpott’s grassy yard in Boolaroo could be likened to a patchwork quilt of varying colours and textures.
It is the end result of the lead abatement works carried out by the administrator of the former Pasminco lead and zinc smelter, Ferrier Hodgson.
The company is completing a $60 million soil decontamination and remediation across several Lake Macquarie suburbs, including Boolaroo.
Mrs Philpott, a proud Boolaroo resident of 17 years, is not happy with the way the lead abatement works have left her property.
She signed up to the scheme to make her property safer, as she often babysits her five grandchildren in her home.
“I asked the contractors if they were laying buffalo and they said yes,” Mrs Philpott said.
However, when she returned home later that day, she found kikuyu grass laid instead.
Mrs Philpott said she felt she no longer has the “beautiful backyard” she once had.
“I’m not asking for something I already didn’t have,” she said.
“After I rang them they said they couldn’t afford to redo it again.”
Ferrier Hodgson deed administrator Peter McClusky said he felt as though the company had fulfilled its obligations to remediate the property.
“There is nothing we can do in this case,” he said.
“As far as we are concerned we have completed the job.”
Earlier this month The Star reported that Ferrier Hodgson backed down its stance on another Boolaroo resident after refusing to test their soil.
Despite the resident signing up to participate in the lead abatement scheme, Ferrier Hodgson claimed the resident did not correctly fill out all of the necessary paperwork.
Ferrier Hodgson has now commenced testing on the property after several weeks of delays.
Lake Macquarie City Council declined to comment.
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