CONCERNED: Some Kepnock residents are concerned that the large mound of dirt at the Masters construction site could cause flooding during a downpour.
CONCERNED: Some Kepnock residents are concerned that the large mound of dirt at the Masters construction site could cause flooding during a downpour. Max Fleet BUNDRT

Locals concerned for low lying homes

RESIDENTS near the site of the Masters store in Kepnock are concerned over the safety of their homes after a large mound of earth was built up in the area.

Kepnock Residents' Action Group secretary Mary Walsh said if there was a downpour the earth - being called the Masters Mound by residents - would direct the water down Scherer Bvd and would flood homes in the lower section.

Mrs Walsh said the mound interfered with upstream drainage and created detrimental environmental impacts.

She has been told by Bundaberg Regional Council the mound would not be there in the long term.

However, a spokesman for the Masters company has told Mrs Walsh there was no timeframe for the store roll-out.

Mrs Walsh said that meant the mound could be there for years.

"What's happened here is a disgrace," she said.

Mrs Walsh said a large shopping centre the council had also approved in the area was not needed.

"A small shopping centre further east is all that's needed," she said.

Mrs Walsh said should any inundation of the area occur because of a council decision homeowners should be indemnified.

Council planning and development spokesman Ross Sommerfeld said the earth mound on the land had been approved in association with the construction management plan for operational works for the Masters development.

"All the material within the mound has been excavated from the Masters site in association with recent civil works," he said.

"No fill has been imported to the site."

Mr Sommerfeld said the council had no specific details on how long the fill would be retained on the site, however, some of the fill would be used in coming weeks to support onsite works such as levelling and backfilling.

The stockpile was compacted, similar to the existing mound at Scherer Bvd, and would be hydromulched with a fast-growing species of grass when backfilling was completed against the retaining wall.

"Protection of Baldwin Swamp from contaminants/sediments has been closely considered by the council and is provided through a combination of silt fences and primary sedimentation basins with such measures designed by Engineering firm GHD (Bundaberg) using International Erosion Control Association design standards," he said.

"The construction of this project is being closely monitored by council officers and no contaminated stormwater has been released from the site since construction commenced."

Cr Sommerfeld said it should also be noted the stockpile in question was at the top of the catchment and had been adequately compacted to resist erosion.

"The earthworks for the Masters development have been designed so that they do not affect the drainage system in the area," he said.



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