The complainants are Aboriginal and live in public housing. They claimed a neighbour attempted to remove them by starting a petition around the neighbourhood and sending the petition to the government body responsible for the property. They also claimed that the neighbour made racially derogatory comments including calling them ‘black c**ts’.
The neighbour denied starting a petition. He claimed another neighbour wrote a letter to the relevant department on behalf of house owners in the neighbourhood raising concerns about the department not adhering to its project regarding sale of properties in the neighbourhood. The neighbour denied making the alleged comments, but said there was an altercation between him and one of the complainants when he tried to raise concerns about the complainants’ grandchild throwing rocks and eggs at the neighbours' windows.
The complaint was resolved. The complainants’ neighbour apologised for any upset or distress experienced as a result of the altercation. The parties expressed a mutual desire to improve their relationship and agreed to attend the complainants’ local church together to get to know each other better. One of the complainants agreed to speak with his grandchildren about appropriate behaviour around the neighbourhood.