A1. Emergency Order 1

I have had enough, Lord, he said. Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.

In 1989 Mr and Mrs Voukelatos buy 39 Glebe Point Road and receive compensation for a blocked sewerage pipe caused by “tree roots from large poplar trees planted by Council on Dan Minogue Park”.

In 1990 a structural engineer inspects 39 Glebe Point Road and recommends that the “existing front wall be demolished and a new brick wall to be erected” as the wall is unstable and structurally unsound.

The Council grants a development application (DA) as “the front wall is structurally unsound”, “as evidenced by extensive cracking on the front elevation”.

Civil engineer Phillip Johnston commissioned by Voukelatos reports that there are many cracks in the walls of 39 Glebe Point Road, including a large crack in the side wall facing the park.

He adds that two well-established poplar trees in the park and close to the building may have caused some of the cracking. Other cracks may be due to other factors, e.g. differential foundation movement.

He also reports that the front wall of the building has cracked and tilted to the extent that it poses a threat to the safety of people on the footpath or entering the shop.

Voukelatos informs Council that a crack that has developed in the side wall may be due to tree roots getting under the foundation and moving the wall and he asks them to move the poplar trees.

Civil engineer Johnston inspects the site and recommends that they demolish the front wall of 39 Glebe Point Road and later thicken the party wall as it has cracked.

The owner asks Council for extra time to comply with a fire safety order as in October 1990 he had departed Australia and is not expected to return in the immediate future.

In 1991 civil engineer Johnston certifies the completion of work for the rebuilding of the front wall of 39 Glebe Point Road which includes temporary ties to 41 Glebe Point Road.

In 1996 L.J. Hooker Glebe takes over the administration of a lease on 39 Glebe Point Road. The lessee is Mrs Mary Spindler and the term is four years (1994-98).

In 1996 Mrs Carren Davidson buys the business in 39 Glebe Point Road and signs a lease through L.J. Hooker Glebe. She asks the owner to complete the restoration work. In 1997 her lease is terminated by the owner. 

Mr Luke Ketas of LJ Hooker Glebe submits an application to Council for the removal of a large tree from the property’s backyard where it has been damaging sewerage pipes.

In 1997 Mrs Asiye Kirkinpar signs a lease through L.J. Hooker Glebe. She submits a DA to Council to open a door in the side wall. In 1999 her lease is terminated by the owner.

In 2000 Mr Jack Grant, the owner of the company known as Advanced Underpinning, signs a lease for a total of 10 years. He plans to add doors and windows to the side wall.

He plans to open a new Thai restaurant on both floors of the building. The lease requires him to expend at least $75,000 on refurbishment and renovations in the first 12 months.

He commissions a survey which finds a bend and encroachment in the side and front walls and recommends underpinning to the external side wall and steel columns and beams to stiffen the building.

In February 2000 Council issues the owner with an Emergency Order on the property which requires structural repairs to prevent it from being a danger to the public.

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01. 1989 – 39 Glebe Point Rd.

Mr and Mrs Voukelatos buy 39 Glebe Point Road, Glebe and receive compensation for a blocked sewerage pipe caused by “tree roots from large poplar trees planted by Council on Dan Minogue Park”.

02. 1990 – Wall is unsound

A structural engineer inspects 39 Glebe Point Road and recommends that its unstable and structurally unsound “existing front wall be demolished and a new brick wall to be erected in its place”.

The Council grants a development application (DA) as “the front wall is structurally unsound”, “as evidenced by extensive cracking on the front elevation”.

The DA states that the “Current use: sandwich shop/café on ground floor & residence above”.

03. 1990 – Roots getting under

Civil engineer Johnston commissioned by the owner Voukelatos reports that the unstable southern wall of 39 Glebe Point Road is accompanied by cracks in the side, back and party walls.

He reports that the “builder was concerned about the effect of the proposed work on the adjoining property, No. 41. No. 39 and 41 are owned separately, but together comprise one building, with a common wall from the centre of the building”.

Voukelatos informs the Council that “a crack that has developed on the southern wall may be due to tree roots getting under the foundation and moving the wall”, and he asks them to move the poplar trees in the adjacent Dan Minogue Park.

04. 1990 – Departed Australia

The owner Voukelatos asks Council for an extension of 90 days to complete fire safety compliance work in the coffee area at 39 Glebe Point Road.

He says that “the reasons for the request are that on 8 October 1990 I departed Australia and do not expect to return in the immediate future”.

He adds that his “absence has made it difficult to obtain quotes from tradesmen and I have been relying on my sister to organize quotes”.

Civil Engineer Phillip Johnston certifies the work completion of the re-building of the front wall which includes temporary ties to No 41.completed work.

05. 1997 – Termination: D’son

Mrs Davidson leases the building as premises for a café and requests Voukelatos to complete the restoration work. Her lease is terminated by the owner.

06. 1999 – Termination: K’nar

The real estate agent Ketas of LJ Hooker Glebe asks Council to remove a large tree from the back yard on the grounds that it is causing damage to the sewerage pipes there.

Mrs Kirkinpar signs a lease and purchases the cafe business at 39 Glebe Point Road. She asks Council for a DA for opening a door in the wall and a license for chairs and tables on the footpath.

The agent asks the owner for repairs to the roof, parapet wall and bathroom. Kirkinpar’s lease is terminated on the grounds that she is in breach of the terms of the lease.

07. 2000 – Emergency Order 1

Jack Grant signs a lease on 39 Glebe Point Road and plans to add doors and windows to the side wall.

A survey commissioned by Grant finds “a bend and encroachment of 0.14m of the sidewall and an encroachment of 0.17m of the front wall”. It recommends that the southern external wall be underpinned and that steel columns and beams be installed to stiffen the building.

Council issues Voukelatos, the building’s owner, with an Emergency Order to repair the building and make structural repairs due to the building being a danger to the public.