Harris Park sinkhole to be fixed by the owners

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It has been a nightmare of a time for the 60 residents of Harris Park who were, as it was raining buckets, asked to evacuate their apartments after a sinkhole appeared in a construction pit next door. Filled to the brim with rain water the pit’s gaping hole had caused erosion of the land in the neighbouring apartment block as it threatened the safety of its residents. The block of land with the sinkhole is owned by Guang Tian International, a Melbourne company that specialises in exporting Australian wine to China.

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Asked to evacuate within just a few minutes on Saturday evening, residents were forced to pack only a few belongings and seek out friends and family to shelter them at the last minute.

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Frustrated residents Pulkit Sunger and Kunal Gohlan

Kunal Gohlan’s wife and two-and-a-half-year-old son had arrived that evening for a visit from India when they were forced to flee at about 7pm on Saturday May 2, 2015.

Parramatta Council has acted swiftly and has  been able to get in touch with the property owners who have now taken the responsibility for their site.

The Council has advised, “The strata managers, acting for the property owners of an apartment block at 24 Parkes Street, Harris Park where two sinkholes had formed,  have inspected their site with their insurance agent and engineers.”

“They have made arrangements for concrete trucks to fill the two sinkholes that forced the evacuation of residents for safety reasons on Saturday night.

The owners of 24 Parkes Street have now taken over responsibility for their site. They will be pumping concrete into the two sinkholes overnight in attempt to stabilise the site and prevent further erosion.

TIDU spoke to the Council  and was notified that the owners of 24 Park Street property have agreed to rectify the problem and the safety concerns of the residents by filling the sinkhole.

“They got their own engineers to take a look and have agreed to fix the problem. We do not know how long it will take to fix the problem so that people can return safely to their homes.”

TIDU, in the meantime, is trying to get in touch with the owners to find out the time  frame and how they are going to look after the people who have been inconvenienced.

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