Wyndham council says that it will investigate an abandoned house in Truganina that has been trashed, graffitied and has become a dumping ground for rubbish.
The house, located at the corner of Dohertys and Woods roads, is near a sports ground, a pony club and the Truganina Cemetery.
The house’s yard has piles of rubbish, discarded furniture, a piano and mattresses scattered across it.
The building itself has sustained plenty of damage, including smashed windows and graffiti on its exterior.
Although there is a tall wire fence around part of the property, the driveway remains open.
The site’s owner, who asked not to be named, said the property had “become pretty troublesome” with trespassers cutting the wire fence to access the site.
He said that both he and security personnel had visited the site “numerous times”.
“We’ve certainly done everything we can to secure the site since we purchased it,” he said.
When Star Weekly visited the property two weeks ago there was a for sale sign out the front which stated there were plans approved to build a takeaway outlet and petrol station on the site.
However the property owner this week was uncertain about its future.
Wyndham city operations director Stephen Thorpe said the council was always concerned when a property was not being maintained appropriately.
“These sorts of properties can pose significant fire and health risks to occupiers and those in surrounding properties,” he said.
Mr Thorpe said the council had been unaware of the state of the Dohertys Road property until notified by Star Weekly.
He said litter officers would investigate. Mr Thorpe said the council had been unaware of the state of the Dohertys Road property until notified by Star WeeklyLast year Wyndham council issued seven infringement notices for properties not being properly maintained.