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Fence repair will soon crimp dogs' freedom

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David Ellery

STILL WAITING: David Creech and Mahal the pug at the hole in the back fence of the Lowrie Street, Dickson, home.

STILL WAITING: David Creech and Mahal the pug at the hole in the back fence of the Lowrie Street, Dickson, home. Photo: Rohan Thomson

Jadha and Mahal's days of breaking out and running riot on Northbourne Avenue are numbered now ActewAGL has promised to repair a fence that their master, David Creech, says was damaged during pole replacement work.

A company spokeswoman said ActewAGL rejects Mr Creech's claim but will reinstate the missing panel of his back fence ''as a gesture of goodwill''.

Mr Creech, who lives with his wife and the two adventurous dogs in a Lowrie Street, Dickson, house that backs onto the tourist information centre and apartment blocks, found the gap after Jadha, a ''bitzer'' terrier and Mahal, a pug cross, began going walkabout.

''I hadn't seen the gap before because the fence is very close to the back wall of my new shed,'' he said.

The discovery also cleared up another mystery - how the shed had suddenly been adopted as a squat by strangers who appeared and disappeared by unknown means at night.

Tools and small items had been taken and the couple frequently woke to find the shed floor covered with broken bottles and drink containers.

''It did get to the stage where we were worried about going into the backyard at night - you didn't know what you might stumble across,'' Mr Creech said. Given the missing section of fence is less than a metre from the new PVC power pole installed on ActewAGL's behalf by contractors on November 14, Mr Creech jumped to the conclusion the damage was ''cause and effect''.

The power supplier does not accept either his logic or the possibility it may be to blame.

''ActewAGL can confirm that the missing portion of fence is not a result of works conducted by ActewAGL crews or contractors,'' the spokeswoman said.

''ActewAGL has advised the customer that we will arrange a crew to fix the hole in the fence as a gesture of goodwill.''

The spokeswoman did confirm that an ActewAGL contractor had attended the property on December 13, a month after the original work, to remove the old pole base.

''On both occasions a portion of the fence was disassembled to allow access to the pole,'' she said.

''The fence was reinstated to its original condition at the end of the works.''

Mr Creech, a former newspaper photographer who now runs his own business, noticed the dogs were getting out in late December and early January and, on discovering the gap behind the shed, contacted ActewAGL on January 15. A customer service liaison officer visited on January 18. The fence had not been repaired by Monday afternoon.

8 comments

  • This article is stranger than ficton..

    Commenter
    I say..
    Location
    canberra
    Date and time
    January 22, 2013, 8:05AM
    • It doesn't look like a new shed from the photo...

      Commenter
      Outraged of Palmerston
      Date and time
      January 22, 2013, 8:41AM
      • I'd hate to see his old shed.

        Commenter
        Stir the pot
        Date and time
        January 22, 2013, 11:34AM
    • "Tools and small items had been taken". Well it was obviously his hammer and nails. Seriously, buy the nails and the palings ($1:20-$2 each) and it is done for around $20. Hassle ACTEW for your money back, but in the meantime your dogs are in and the squatters are out. It seriously would have been less hassle than contacting CT. What would happen if the fence was not damaged by someone he could contact CT about? Would he have to maintain his own residence? Geeez!

      Commenter
      WotTha?????
      Date and time
      January 22, 2013, 8:51AM
      • Couple things missing in this picture but the one that stands out even more than the gaping hole in the fence is a total lack of work ethic. You claim to have people entering and your pets exiting your property and yet you don't put the 25 min in to fixing the problem, instead you sit on your lazy behind and complain to AGL and Canberra Times (which i'm sure would have used up several hours). Stop wasting everyones time and maybe spend it on the dole... I mean running your own buisness.

        Commenter
        John Ramonski
        Location
        Canberra
        Date and time
        January 22, 2013, 10:57AM
        • Right, so ACTEW denied causing the damage but is willing to repair it? Me thinks something aint quite right here.

          Commenter
          JazzyJess
          Location
          Canberra
          Date and time
          January 22, 2013, 11:21AM
          • Clever, and very good PR, next to nothing to fix, kills any negative newspaper and Facebook articles.

            Commenter
            Tc
            Date and time
            January 22, 2013, 2:03PM
        • All Contractors and project managers know they must do a "Delapidation Report" within the area prior to works being carried out as well as provide photographs (with dates) . These people need to be more professional....

          Commenter
          T
          Date and time
          January 22, 2013, 12:41PM
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