Options on the table
MOORE Park Beach man Larry Borg hopes Bundaberg Regional Council does not just go for the cheapest option for fixing the drainage problems in the area.
Mr Borg was one of the residents who attended a meeting of the Moore Park Beach Community Association on Wednesday night, at which four options for fixing the drainage were explained.
Representatives from consulting engineers Cardno, who had prepared a report on the drainage problems, outlined their findings and the options they had identified.
"It had its merits, but there is still a lot more work to be done," Mr Borg said.
"It seemed to us they were looking at the cheapest solution, not the best one."
Mr Borg said he was thinking about putting in a submission on the options presented.
"We want the drainage done properly," he said.
Association president Maureen Lawrence said she thought the meeting went very well.
"This has been an ongoing problem for a number of years," she said.
"We want a solution that is going to last."
Mrs Lawrence said she thought the mood at the meeting was very positive.
Bundaberg Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch, who was also at the meeting, said it was a very technical report and it was good to have the experts there to explain it.
"We certainly had a range of views there," she said.
"We are asking for written submissions on the report by early March."
Cr Pyefinch said all the solutions in the report would provide some improvement in the time the water took to subside.
But there was a point at which that time levelled out no matter what option was adopted because of the high water table in the Moore Park Beach area.
"It's an area that's very low lying, and it's difficult to provide any long-term relief," she said.
"The council has made no decision yet because we've only just received the reports."
Cr Pyefinch said another big factor was that all the proposals would need some approvals from an environmental point of view before they could go ahead.
"Some of those hurdles will be quite significant," she said.