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15 April 2011

Graffiti vandals at work in Goodna

 

WITH no insurance and no Government charity funds, Goodna couple Colin and Jeanette Hewlett have been left to rebuild their house out of their own pockets.

Colin and Jeanette Hewlett's Goodna investment home was hit by graffiti last week as they are rebuilding the property after it was inundated during the January floods.

          
 WITH no insurance and no help forthcoming from the Government charity funds, Goodna couple Colin and Jeanette Hewlett have been left to rebuild their gutted house out of their own pockets.

So it came as a real kick in the teeth to discover their small timber investment home had been covered in vile graffiti.

Situated at the end of Woogaroo St, which has been almost completely deserted since January, the house was completely submerged when the floods came through.

The Hewletts were forced to tear down every wall and every door, as well as the kitchen and bathroom.

The rebuild – which retiree Colin is doing himself – is expected to cost more than $40,000.

The Ipswich couple has been forced to re-finance their properties as they struggle to cover the huge costs involved.

As well as draining their pockets, the flood has also destroyed the Hewletts' retirement plans.

"It's just a low act which makes more work for people that already have enough to do as it is," Mr Hewlett said.

Although some of it has since been cleaned up by Ipswich City Council, graffiti popped up across a large area of the street, completely covering a fence on the opposite side of the road to the Hewletts.

Mrs Hewlett said she suspected young people were responsible.

"I would like to get a hold of the mums and dads of these kids," she said.

"What sort of kids are they breeding?"

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