Drainage woes in Moore Park Beach
WATER at Moore Park Beach is causing havoc for a cane farming family who have not been able to get on to their property to harvest due to the wet.
Drainage problems in the area have stopped Larry and Maryann Borg from harvesting about 500 tonnes of cane on their Murdoch's Linking Road property.
“If we can't harvest, we won't be able to make ends meet for the next 12 months,” Mr Borg said.
“I want the drain cleaned. We've paid our rates and drainage should be included in that.”
The couple met with Member for Burnett Rob Messenger and council representatives yesterday to discuss what would happen with the stagnant water.
“We've been complaining since early this year, but they say they are doing everything they can in doing surveys of the waterway,” Mr Borg said.
Bundaberg regional councillor Wayne Honor said the surveys were to see if there were any blockages.
“We are also going to do some maintenance works, which will alleviate the problems Mr Borg has been talking about,” he said.
Cr Honor said maintenance had not been helped by the unusually wet weather, which meant heavy machinery had not been able to get into the area to clean out the drains.
“In the area, we also have issues relating to acid sulphate soil, which means we have to be careful that we don't cause any other environmental issues,” he said.
But Cr Honor said he was disappointed with Mr Messenger's attitude during the meeting.
“I was disgusted with his attitude towards our council officer, as well as Councillor Alan Bush and myself,” he said.
“He was aggressive and abusive. The meeting was very productive, especially after Mr Messenger stormed out.”
The MP said the meeting was “heated”.