The Coffs Coast Advocate

Opportunist emerges after storm

SYLVIA Smith is angry about 'carpetbaggers' taking advantage of storm victims.

The Green Gardens' resident says she was quoted $85 a night, but '$130 a night if it is part of an insurance claim' by one accommodation business, which she declined to patronise as a result.

“It is so rotten,” Mrs Smith said.

Waiting for building assessors to inspect her unit yesterday she was anxious about the length of time repairs would take.

She has a knee operation booked for June and hospital staff has told her she needs adequate accommodation for her recovery period and her present temporary home in a tourist park cabin is not considered satisfactory.

“We want to know what the strata managers are going to do and when they are going to do it,” she said.

She was also critical of the lack of disaster and recovery plans for the 26-unit complex, given that it was inundated in a major storm 13 years ago.

One resident said she had been watching TV when she heard a strange noise from the garage and water began pouring under the door, flooding her unit in 15 minutes and leaving her fridge and beds floating.

Green Gardens' strata manager Katalin Savage of North Coast Strata Management said they had mailed out a bulletin on April 1 and had been speaking to individual residents, but had not been able to give them answers while things were being processed.

With yesterday's building assessment, she said they would now be providing residents with information.

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