RESIDENTS could be subjected to council inspections inside their homes, under a proposal to stamp out hoarding in the suburbs.
The move has sparked privacy concerns over residents’ personal information being held on council files.
At this week’s MAV State Council meeting councils will be asked to vote on developing a plan to fight hoarding in homes.
Greater Geelong City Council will raise the motion at Friday’s meeting, highlighting what it claims is a growing problem.
Cr Andy Richards said residents who saw signs of hoarding behaviour in or outside their neighbours’ homes would be able to telephone the council to ask them to investigate.
“People who are hoarders need help from the council and others,” he said.
“If residents know somebody who gives off all the signs that they are a hoarder, they should contact council to try to get the person some help.
was so bad it posed a health or fire risk to the occupant.
“It’s sometimes apparent even outside the house that someone is a hoarder,” Cr Richards said.
Also to be voted on by councils this week is a long-term planning strategy for Melbourne, which involves assessing car parking rates and transport planning.
Yarra City Council has put forward motions suggesting keeping short-trip tram tickets and Wyndham wants councils to lobby for a 10c levy on plastic bags.