When Guy Sebastian bought a mansion in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, his neighbours were thrilled at the prospect of living next to a celebrity.
But a two-year demolition and construction nightmare has infuriated neighbours on the Maroubra street – one of whom is considering selling to escape the drama.
The pop star’s next-door neighbours, a middle-aged couple who asked not to be named, claimed the ordeal had taken a significant toll on their physical health.
When the home was being knocked down early last year, the neighbour claimed his living room wall was damaged – terrifying his terminally ill wife.
The construction of Guy Sebastian’s eastern Sydney mansion has infuriated his neighbours
His next-door neighbours claim their living room wall was hit during demolition early last year. Regulator SafeWork said the damage was caused by a brick that fell off a truck
‘He’s not building a house, he’s building a fortress’: Sebastian’s new neighbours (left) say they are thinking of selling their home because of the construction
The neighbours claim the construction has left their cars covered in dirt (pictured)
‘It was dangerous, if it had been that much lower the (object) would have gone straight through,’ he told Daily Mail Australia, pointing to cracks in the brick wall.
‘My wife was sitting right inside that window watching television.’
He claimed his wife, who is suffering from serious respiratory problems and is now connected to oxygen 24 hours a day, was shaking when he returned that day.
A spokesperson from SafeWork NSW, which investigated the incident, confirmed the wall had been damaged.
‘A residential property on Torrington Road, Maroubra was damaged when a brick fell from a truck that was being loaded on an adjacent construction site,’ the spokesperson said in a statement.
‘SafeWork NSW issued a notice to the demolition contractor directing them to cease using the loading zone adjacent to the residential property and use an alternative loading zone.’
‘He’s (Guy Sebastian) got a lot of money and we’re only little people,’ one neighbour told Daily Mail Australia
When Daily Mail Australia visited the site this week, the road was closed off to the public
A large crane was seen slowly transporting huge slabs of concrete onto Sebastian’s block
The neighbour (home pictured right) claimed his driveway was regularly blocked by construction equipment and work vehicles
The neighbour also complained about dust from the construction – hardly a metre from his own home – blanketing his car every day and spreading indoors.
‘We’re selling the house. The demolisher put that much dust through the place,’ he said, walking through the empty house – devoid of all furniture and fittings.
He’s got a lot of money and we’re only little people. He’s not building a house, he’s building a fortress
When Daily Mail Australia visited the site this week, the street was closed off to the public and traffic was diverted as a crane slowly moved enormous slabs of concrete.
The neighbour claimed he had tried to speak directly to Sebastian to resolve issues – including his driveway regularly being blocked and construction going on into the night – but discussions had broken down between the pair.
‘He’s (Guy Sebastian) got a lot of money and we’re only little people,’ he said.
‘He’s not building a house, he’s building a fortress.’
Submissions sent to Randwick City Council raised further complaints from the neighbour – who claimed his home and fence had been damaged by dust.
A spokesperson from the council said their Regulatory team had investigated the complaints but had no formal comment to make.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Guy Sebastian for comment.
The neighbour claimed he had tried to speak directly to Sebastian to resolve issues, but discussions had broken down between the pair
Sebastian’s neighbours (home pictured right) claimed the two-year construction process had taken a significant toll on their health