WA’s public housing provider has failed to act on complaints or evict a tenant convicted in January of using his Station Road apartment to cultivate cannabis, two weeks after the Times reported residents were living in fear for their safety. South West regional executive director Brendan Mooney this week told the Times the Department of Communities “continues to investigate complaints reported in relation to the Station Road complex”. No details were provided about if or when action would be taken against the tenant convicted of cultivation, as well as disorderly conduct and obstructing police, nor further specific actions to address the concerns of residents, which have triggered repeated visits by Margaret River police. “Communities has written to all tenants at the Station Road complex, providing them with information about the disruptive behaviour process and supports available to them,” Mr Mooney said. “If tenants are concerned about their safety or the safety of others, loud music or parties, or suspected illegal activity, they should contact the WA Police in the first instance.” Last month, the Times reported Communities was still awaiting the outcome of Marion Antony St-Barbe Jones’ prosecution before taking steps, despite the offender being placed on a community-based court order in January. Residents this week said anti-social behaviour had quietened since the Times report about concerns in the complex, known as “vampire alley”. One male resident said it was stressful living without a resolution, with Jones not the only tenant sparking concerns. “They are people with no integrity, honour, respect, or love for themselves or anyone around them,” he said. “The department has not taken away their accommodation. Why? Why do we have to put up with these type of people in our community?” Asked to explain the department’s slow response to concerns, including those raised by local police, Mr Mooney said resolutions were “complex”. “Communities works in a complex human services system, in which the resolution of particular issues — often with many stakeholders involved — can take some time in ensuring the right outcome,” he said. Previously, Communities executive director of service delivery Glenn Mace said the department was satisfied with the effectiveness of its actions under its disruptive behaviour management policy. “Communities has taken appropriate action available to it under the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 to manage tenancies at the Station Road complex, including the issue of strikes for disruptive behaviour,” he said. “When a public housing tenancy receives the maximum number of strikes under the policy, Communities can commence court action to end the tenancy. “If a strike is issued for dangerous behaviour, activities that pose a demonstrable risk to persons or property, activities that result in injury to a person in the immediate vicinity with subsequent conviction, Communities may take immediate action to evict those responsible.” Residents were urged to report issues to the department’s Disruptive Behaviour Reporting Line on 1300 597 076.