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Michelle Grobel's elderly mother spent the last two months of her life packing up her public housing unit after being told it would be demolished to make way for a level crossing removal.
The project in Adelaide's south was cancelled on Tuesday and Ms Grobel said she has "no doubt" the stress of moving from her home of 30 years contributed to her death.
Local MP Corey Wingard — who is now Transport Minister — announced in June 2019 that $171 million had been secured to remove the level crossing at Brighton Road in Hove.
But the project failed to appear in Tuesday's South Australian state budget after opposition from locals who said they would only accept an option for the project that was estimated to cost $450 million.
Marlene Grobel was 82 when she died in March.(Supplied
)Despite the project not being given final approval, Ms Grobel's 82-year-old mother Marlene was told in January that she would have to move out of her housing trust unit.
She died on March 4 after spending two months packing up 30 years of belongings.
"I fail to see how a decision like that can be made and to completely — essentially — destroy people's lives over something that wasn't even definitively decided yet," Ms Grobel said.
"My mum wasn't a well lady, but what she went through in the last two months of her life I have no doubt contributed to her death, no doubt at all."
The paramedics that took Ms Grobel's mother to hospital had to move boxes out of the way to get her out of her house, which is next to the Hove railway station.
"She didn't deserve to feel the way that she did the last two months of her life," Ms Grobel said.
"She was frightened and devastated about losing her home. She'd lived there for 30 years and she didn't deserve to be treated like that in the last few months of her life."
Boom gates at the level crossing can be down for up to 20 per cent of the time during peak periods.(ABC News
)Residents still not toldThe cancellation of the project means the government no longer needs to acquire 50 properties around the crossing.
Even on Wednesday, residents of the units where Marlene Grobel lived had not been told by Housing SA the project had been scrapped.
Some were relocated just days ago.
"We don't understand why half of us have moved when we didn't really have to," Pepita Haren said.
These units in Hove were to be demolished.(ABC News
)Social Housing Minister Michelle Lensink told Parliament on Wednesday she could not breach Cabinet confidentiality to tell residents they did not have to move.
"I was kept abreast of this matter via Cabinet. Cabinet is a confidential process and so the authority was aware of this matter as of the bringing down of the budget," she said.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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