Residents back call to fix housing hell but Govt silent
A PUBLIC housing tenant who exposed Lismore's Uralba St "shooting gallery" says things have quietened down over the past few days, but she found two ice pipes on Friday afternoon.
The tenant, who did not want to be named, said a friend who came to take her dog to his farm for the weekend nearly stood on a glass ice pipe with bare feet.
"I bent down and picked it up and he said to me 'what is it'," she said.
"Then I saw another bit and I picked it up and it was the remains of ice pipes."
Some ice users smoke the drug through glass pipes to get their high.
Since the Weekend Star article about McDermott Court, the tenant said she had only received compliments and congratulations from other residents.
"No-one has come near me, no-one from Housing NSW has been in contact and the police haven't increased patrols in the area."
Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell said she encountered similar problems to those at McDermott Court when she was door knocking at the nearby Mackenzie St units, which have since been demolished.
"In the 10 minutes I was there, people were coming and going and I got a very unsafe feeling," she said.
Cr Dowell called on Housing NSW to investigate the McDermott court situation and speak to tenants.
"My belief is that Housing NSW need to take more responsibility for its properties and its tenants to ensure safety."
Member for Lismore Thomas George said he wasn't aware of the ice use at McDermott Court.
Mr George said he had received a letter of concern from a resident at McDermott Court, but it didn't explain the extent of the problems.
"At the moment the ministers are all in caretaker mode because of the election," he said.
"So I have been in touch with Housing NSW who are looking into the issues highlighted in the story."
While he wasn't surprised about the ice problem at the McDermott Court area, Mr George said ice was a problem right across his electorate and around the state.
"There isn't a member of parliament who not concerned about the drug ice," he said.
"The effects of this drug on individuals and the community is just devastating."