FEELING DRAINED: This drain on Edward Street drain has had the fencing half knocked down for about 12 months. Council workers have put up bright orange netting covering it. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
FEELING DRAINED: This drain on Edward Street drain has had the fencing half knocked down for about 12 months. Council workers have put up bright orange netting covering it. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

Broken fence around drain labelled 'disgusting' by resident

A NORVILLE woman is annoyed because she says part of a fence, running along the Edwards St drain, has been broken for about a year.

Jennifer Wright lives on Windermere St, near Edwards St, and said she was unsure how the fence was broken but described the current state of the fence as an "eyesore" and "disgusting".

"Somebody reported it and a black and yellow tape was put up," she said.

"Earlier this year, I rang Bundaberg Regional Council and said the tape had disintegrated.

"Council rang back and left a message saying they were aware it wasn't fixed, but they couldn't do anything about it because they didn't have the money to do so."

Council roads and drainage spokesman Tony Ricciardi said the matter was investigated following a customer request in October last year and work to fix the fence should begin in September.

"While work was unable to start immediately, due to budget constraints, council has programmed the replacement of the fence within this year's capital works program,"

"The project, which is currently scheduled to commence next month, will see the existing rail fence replaced with timber bollards and reflectors to delineate the road shoulder along this section of road."

Mrs Wright said the work was long overdue and could pose a safety risk for children.

"It just irritates me and it looks absolutely disgusting," she said.

Cr Ricciardi said the fence was in place to identify the edge of the road shoulder and was not intended as a barrier for pedestrians.

"Council receives over 9000 roads and drainage requests from residents each year and every submission is investigated," he said.

"If any safety concerns were to be identified, that request would be prioritised."