A STOP work order has been issued after a demolition team moved in Thursday afternoon and began taking apart a block of Coolum flats still occupied by a ground floor tenant.

A spokesperson for Workplace Health and Safety Queensland said the matter was under investigation.

"We are taking this matter very seriously and will continue inquiries,'' the spokesperson said. "As this is now under investigation, WHSQ can't make any further comment." 

Teana Sanson, who has lived in the ocean-view building on David Low Way for the past five and a half years, has been left rattled by the work that included removal of asbestos material from the upstairs of the premises which was then dropped into a skip placed outside her bedroom window.

Ms Sanson was on April 5 issued an F12 Notice to Leave which allowed her until June 6 to vacate the premises recently purchased for redevelopment.

A coolum resident has found herself standed in her own home after demolition crews arrived at her unit block and started tearing down the asbestos filled building around her. She was told to stay inside as men in bio hazard suits worked just outside her back door. Teana Sanson is very concerned for her health and safety as asbestos removal workers tear down the complex around her unit.
A coolum resident has found herself standed in her own home after demolition crews arrived at her unit block and started tearing down the asbestos filled building around her. She was told to stay inside as men in bio hazard suits worked just outside her back door. Teana Sanson is very concerned for her health and safety as asbestos removal workers tear down the complex around her unit. Che Chapman

The buildings behind and beside her flat had already been demolished leaving the block she occupied as the last standing.

On Thursday at around 3pm workers dressed in asbestos safety suits began demolishing the upstairs floor of the block.

Building site tape was placed in the doorway access to her laundry from her kitchen.

Ms Sanson said she was ordered to get her washing out of the room and to not place them on the clothes line because of the danger of 0 contamination by asbestos fibres.

She said she was told to not go outside and to keep her backdoor shut.

The Sunshine Coast Community Legal Service has been negotiating with the project's developers for the past two weeks because of the potential impact of asbestos removal from the buildings around the unit.

Julian Porter of the service said he had thought agreement had been reached with Paul Hercus, a representative of the developer Coolum Terrace Holdings, for Ms Sanson to vacate this Saturday instead of June 5 with compensation of $2100 to assist the relocation.

Mr Hercus told the Sunshine Coast Daily he could not comment.

"I don't know anything about it,'' he said.

"I need to check the files."

Ms Sanson said work on the block of flats she occupied started at 3pm Thursday.

Coolum police and building certifier Stewart Magill, who authorised the demolition work, both visited the site Thursday afternoon.

Mr Magill said when he was told what was happening he inspected the site as soon as possible and issued a verbal instruction to stop work.

"I will issue the appropriate notices to stop work until the time the premises are vacated,'' he said.

"They should not have carried out work while people were in the building.

"I did not know the premises were occupied until after the demolition work had started."

Ms Sanson said she had been reduced to tears by the noise and smell of the work and left coughing.

Documents show Ms Sanson had been given until the completion of the statutory notice (June 6) to vacate the premises.

As required she had paid rent one week in advance which is current to the end of this week.

A letter sent to Ms Sanson and bearing Mr Hercus' name said as the house she was in would be demolished as soon as she vacated no repairs or maintenance would be carried out should something become faulty.

"With the above said, it is in the interests of all parties that you vacate the property as soon as possible,'' the letter said.

Mr Porter said an offer had been made to Ms Sanson and had been accepted for her to leave the flat earlier than required by law.

"They wanted her out in the morning rather than the afternoon (Saturday) and we agreed to it,'' he said.



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