Mayor in sewer fight with Maddern about Howard

THE council has hit back at comments from Maryborough MP Anne Maddern about its lack of planning to provide urban areas of Howard with a sewerage network.

Ms Maddern criticised the council after it acknowledged it had no intention of supplying Howard homeowners with waste infrastructure.

She said soil types in Howard were unsuitable for septic and she suggested overflowing systems were creating health hazards.

Now, Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell has tried to shift the focus to the State Government, saying its removal of a program that covered 40% of the costs was partly to blame.

"Since the State Government removed subsidies for councils to build sewerage infrastructure such as treatment plants, it is increasingly difficult to provide such facilities," Cr O'Connell said.

Ms Maddern remained unfazed when told of the response, repeating her concern for health, and suggesting the council do proper preliminary work before asking for handouts.



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