CRUNCH time is finally drawing near for the three derelict asbestos cottages at Huskisson.
After years of campaigning by the community and numerous court cases by council to force the owners to remove the buildings, action is finally being taken.
The property owners, who live abroad, have not complied with Land and Environment Court orders to remove the buildings.
The court orders provided provision for council to move in after a considerable period of time and do the work.
Shoalhaven City Council development building manager Bob Goldspring said that time had come and gone.
“Council would now start obtaining quotes and get a contractor in to demolish the buildings and remove the material,” he said.
Chairman of the Huskisson Woollamia Community Voice Garry Kelson would not be surprised if Shoalhaven ratepayers end up footing the bill to demolish the three asbestos cottages in Huskisson.
However he would rather see the derelict buildings on Murdoch Street removed now and let the courts chase the owners for the money later.
“We have been lobbying to have these buildings removed on the grounds of safety for three years,” he said.
“We are heading into prime holiday time. We also have the Hobie World Championships coming up and these houses are right next to Moona Moona Creek which is a very popular picnic area, particularly with families.
“The buildings have been trashed and with the recent dry and windy weather who knows how much asbestos has been blowing around.”