Call for action on drainage system
DISGRUNTLED Moore Park Beach residents have accused Bundaberg Regional Council of allowing the town's drainage system to fall into disrepair.
Members of the Moore Park Beach Community Association will attend a meeting with the council this morning to discuss flood mitigation work to be undertaken by the authority.
Local cane grower Larry Borg claims he suffered an estimated $150,000 in losses due to flood damage during abnormally high rainfall in late 2010 and early 2011.
Floodwaters have also wiped out three crops of soy beans on his Murdoch's Rd property since 2009.
Mr Borg said the council had failed to act on drainage issues brought to its attention by residents at the Queensland Flood Commission of Inquiry in October last year.
"I would have thought that after the damage wreaked by the floods that council would have addressed these problems," he said.
Mr Borg said the council had ignored the blockage of an 800m section of drainage channel near Genger's Rd despite being notified by residents after the floods.
He claimed blockages of silt and debris had halted the flow of storm water into Moore Park Creek.
"They've known this channel has been blocked for a long time now and still they haven't acted," he said.
He has also criticised the council's management of easements around the town's drainage system, alleging they have become overgrown and filled with debris.
Council waste and recycling spokesman Alan Bush said drainage problems in the town had been addressed as part of a report compiled by independent firm Cardno.
Cr Bush said the report would be addressed by the council at the first meeting scheduled after the Christmas break, on January 31.
"The report has highlighted four main options in improving drainage in the town," he said.
"We have consulted with people on this issue to the best of our ability."
Cr Bush said the council had fast-tracked the commissioning of the independent report and its response to the concerns of residents.
"The problems highlighted have been addressed as part of the report," he said.
"I don't think council can do more than it's doing."