Drainage woes hit home
AN Avondale resident says the Bundaberg Regional Council’s failure to fix drainage problems around his home is affecting the health of his wife and neighbours.
But the council insists it is doing what it can to fix the problems.
Herbert Pereira, who lives in Normanby Street, in Avondale, says every time it rains his front and back gardens flood, as does the surrounding land.
Mr Pereira says there are six houses in the area where he lives that flood every time it rains because there are no drains to take the water away.
The water can sit there for six weeks to more than two months.
In dry weather the traffic on the unsealed road that goes past his house kicks up dust that aggravates his wife’s asthma and allergic rhinitis.
Mr Pereira says his wife has to wear a mask at all times because of the dust.
“We want a drain to keep the water from flooding six houses in this street,” Mr Pereira said.
“We’re asking for our basic rights of a bitumen road and drainage to take the water away.”
Mr Pereira said water around the house from the last rain event was starting to dry up and algae and fungus was growing in it.
He also claims the area is a cancer cluster, with two people dying of stomach cancer recently and neighbours suffering from various cancers.
Council roads and drainage infrastructure portfolio spokesman Wayne Honor said one of the main problems was acquiring enough properties to allow a drain to run through the area.
“We can’t get the drain running through until we get the property,” he said.
Cr Honor said the money was included in this year’s budget to buy a property that was needed to allow the drain to be built.
“That would allow us to put in a big table drain near the property,” he said.
Cr Honor said the council was working on other drainage projects in the area that would take water away that might otherwise drain to Mr Pereira’s property.
“We’re working on those projects right now,” he said.
“We’re also working this year to gain a key piece of land.”
Cr Honor said if the council could acquire that property this year it could move next year to put a large table drain in the area.
“We’re very proactive about all properties in Avondale where there are drainage concerns,” Cr Honor said.
“We are moving along to alleviate the drainage concerns in the community.”