Asbestos fence hurdle solved

ALL MARIE Hansen wants is a back yard fence that helps her feel safe at night.

And it looks like she might just get her wish.

After more than a year of being terrified and waking to the slightest noise, Ms Hansen can now replace her small fibro fence with something more secure.

Howard Sawmill has offered to donate timber for the new fence and Craig’s Fencing and Sunrise Rotary will provide the labour.

But the discovery of asbestos in the existing fence put a stop to the plans, making the Torquay resident worry she would never get a full night’s sleep again.

So the Chronicle contacted Dundowran Demolitions and explained Ms Hansen’s plight.

The company has now agreed to remove the fence for free.

All Ms Hansen has to do is pay the dump fees.

The news could not have come sooner for the 73-year-old pensioner, whose home backs on to the mobility corridor and has been the target of several break-ins since last year.

“I couldn’t believe it,” she said.

“He was lovely, absolutely wonderful.

“I got pretty emotional with him.”

The man, who did not want to be named, said he hated to see people like Ms Hansen struggling to get help and was happy to offer his services.

In June last year, Ms Hansen found an intruder in her home and she has also seen people in her yard and sneaking down the side of her house at night.

It would be enough to frighten anyone.

“I’m up and down all night – I wake to the slightest noise,” she said.

“I think it’s starting to affect my health.”

Ms Hansen was quoted $4000 by another company to have the fence removed.



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