Drainage dramas destroy property
BETH Williams has no words to describe the frustration she feels every time she looks into her backyard and sees a pool of water.
The Bundaberg Port resident has been facing drainage issues at her property every time it rains for the past two years.
Ms Williams said the problem had become so bad that part of her backyard was subsiding.
“It just gets water everywhere and it doesn’t drain,” she said.
Ms Williams said the water had also caused a “disgusting” mosquito problem and a putrid smell of stagnant water at the property.
She said she had been speaking to Bundaberg Regional Council for “some time” about the issue.
“I am trying to give the council the option to do something.”
She said she had a meeting scheduled with them in the coming weeks.
Bundaberg Port is not the only area in the region suffering from drainage problems.
Member for Burnett Rob Messenger walked a drain near Gengers Road in Moore Park Beach with residents who are similarly fed up with the lack of drainage.
Mr Messenger said the water sitting in the drain was causing problems for people trying to farm in the area.
“It’s an area that needs desilting,” he said.
Mr Messenger said the council appeared reluctant to fix drainage in the area.
Bundaberg Regional Council roads and drainage spokesman Wayne Honor said the rising underground water table had been causing problems across the region.
“Being underground, the extent of the problem is difficult to quantify but we do know the volume of water is massive,” he said.
“We have had success in relieving some areas where there is an outlet for the water to be drained, but at the Port and also at Moore Park Beach, the outlets are in the tidal areas and solutions are much more difficult and expensive.”