Shoalhaven News

Veronica Rawlinson forced out of her home, more properties could be affected

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A local renter has been forced to move out of her home in the Shoalhaven after residue from methamphetamine caused her to have an allergic reaction.

Veronica Rawlinson experienced low energy levels and a skin rash not long after moving into the property.

When she was cleared by health practitioners, meth testing was done on the house with results coming back positive.

Ms Rawlinson fears there could be many other properties implicated as a result of the local ice epidemic.

"The testing needs to become mandatory and it needs to be the same all over the country, not a different law in New South Wales and a different one in Queensland etc," Ms Rawlinson said.

"Otherwise you're going to have people where down the track if you ignore it, eventually you'll end up with a big lawsuit from a big group of tenants who are ill," she said.

Meantime, Adjunct Researcher at Flinders University Dr Jackie Wright says the residue can hang around the property for years, with more than 50 per cent of properties tested returning a positive result.

"Apart from the health problems there are also big financial costs in getting out of those properties, so there's a loss of their possessions and also if you're an owner there's the cost associated with remediating," Dr Wright said.

Meantime, a free Community Information evening will take place at the Bomaderry Bowling Club on Monday the 25th Feb at 6pm for further discussion on the issue.

Photo credit: Facebook, Veronica Rawlinson