A. Down Under

The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.


ADD ABSTRACT

Contents
1. F.O.I.
2. Subpoenas
3. 39 GPR

1. F.O.I.

On 1 August 2002, I submitted a F.O.I. request to Leichhardt Council and in November 2002 I viewed the Building File for the first time (marked with *).

2. Subpoenas

In August 2005 I subpoenaed the Council’s Building Files from City of Sydney and Mr & Mrs Voukelatos’ file from L.J. Hooker, Glebe (no mark).

3. 39 GPR

CRISIS OF 39 GLEBE POINT ROAD, GLEBE, NSW (39 GPR)

39 GPR is sited at the end of a row of tenement/shops abutting Dan Minogue Park and was built around 1870 with typical sandstone foundations and convict – stamped bricks. There were two poplar trees whose roots had damaged the foundations such as to cause a bulge in the 24 metre wall of 11 centimetres encroaching into the Park. In 1990 Emergency Orders – the landlord The poplar were removed in the late 90’s Surveyor’s report on encroachment Emergency Order 1

Skills, background, money, Australia (Independent Executive Scheme, business partner) 1989-90 emigration process –up to 2001 Morden Paint award from Master Builders Emergency Order 2 Landlord’s chosen private certifier, civil engineer Johnston Amir’s chosen private certifier, structural engineer Bekker.

Amir & 39 GPR 2001 till present day

CRISIS OF 39 GLEBE POINT ROAD, GLEBE, NSW (39 GPR)

In respect of the Terms of Reference 1 (a), I refer to a historical building, 39 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, NSW which was built in the 1870’s. It is sited at the end of a row of tenement/shops adjoining 41 GPR with sandstone footings and double convict-made brick walls which have been damaged by the roots of poplar and other trees penetrating the foundations. This caused an irrevocable breakdown in the structural integrity of 39 and 41GPR which also led to two major bulges in the wall, one of which is up to 11 centimeters, both encroaching into Dan Minogue Park.

In 2001 I leased the property from the landlord, who resided permanently on the Greek island of Leftkada, for a total of 15 years to be used as a Moroccan restaurant on the ground floor with a residence on the first floor for my family. In the course of lengthy renovations many structural defects were discovered and the structural engineer I subsequently consulted reported that there was a danger of collapse. The landlord with the assistance of a civil engineer private certifier connived to totally misrepresent the actual state of the building by claiming that it was constructed with inherent bulges.

After Leichhardt Council issuing Emergency Order 1 (1990) and then City of Sydney Council issuing Emergency Order 2 (2003), even though the landlord initiated internal steel bracing on the ground floor to placate Council, the building has still not been rectified to date, and constitutes a danger of collapse endangering people in the park. I ask that 39 and 41 GPR be re-assessed urgently and a third Emergency Order issued as soon as possible. Supporting documents are available on request and I ask to appear before the Commission to further reinforce the necessity of re-assessment and to clarify any matters of relevance.

*****As lessee of the property at the time, a dispute occurred with the landlord regarding the safety of the wall which resulted in two private certifiers, civil & structural engineers, having differing reports as to the structural integrity of the building and the adjoining property, 41 Glebe Point Road. The striking difference apparent in these two reports implies a strong possibility of corruption by the landlord and his civil engineer certifier thus negating the need for serious, expensive rectification work.****