News

Homeowner protests cleaning drains for council

Warren Foster gets his message across about the blocked drains on Ann St, Maryborough.
Warren Foster gets his message across about the blocked drains on Ann St, Maryborough. Alistair Brightman

A MARYBOROUGH man has launched a kerbside protest after repeatedly having to clean out the gutters in front of his house to prevent flooding in minor rain.

Ann St resident Warren Foster said since the 2013 floods, he's had to regularly clean the gutters to avoid flooding his house out when there's more than 5mm of rain.

"I'm sick of doing it.," he said.

"Water has come into my house so many times when it rained and I'm sick of cleaning it.

"When the floods hit the area in 2013, Mayor Gerard O'Connell said he would clean out the gutters but after two years, I've heard nothing."

Mr Foster said he had made countless complaints over the years but had yet to receive help.

In a last-ditch bid to get the drain fixed, he created a large sign voicing his displeasure with the council.

"The council's engineers have come to the area and their standard answer is 'we will look into it'," he said.

Cr O'Connell said he had sympathy for the residents in the area but stressed he never made such a promise to Mr Foster.

"We did do some work in the major culvert and drainage area at the lower end of Ann St, clearing up debris," he said.

"It was largely emergent work around the 2013 flood event.

"Mr Foster's issue needs a far greater work as there is no curb or channelling around there and the concrete access around his property is above the table drain and that's creating some issue."

While Cr O'Connell made no promise, he said the council's infrastructure team was preparing cost estimates to do some work around the area.

"While that work may not completely eradicate any sign of flooding, those cost estimates will form part of our considerations of future budget which will be discussed in the next couple of months," he said.

"We are looking at any work that we can address in this situation and it will be considered by our infrastructure team."

Topics:  editors picks fraser coast regional council homeowner rain storm



Date nights under $50

ACCORDING to The Bachelor falling in love involves helicopter rides, private jets, shopping trips, and we mustn’t forget the hot tubs.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Six reasons to get to Brisbane this Autumn

The Brisbane Powerhouse has free comedy on Friday nights.

AUTUMN has to be up there with one of the best seasons of the year.

The best things to do in Brisbane are FREE. Yes, FREE

Mt Coot-tha is a seriously gorgeous way to start your day.

HEADING to the big smoke doesn’t have to come with a big price tag.

Man reunited with best friend thanks to M'boro

Optimus, a 60kg mastiff, has been reunited with his owner.

A man has been reunited with his best friend thanks to Maryborough.

YOUR SAY: Don't drop the speed limit on the Esplanade

Tim Day suggested putting more crossings and speed humps in instead of dropping the speed limit.

Emma Ruffe would like crossings on the Esplanade more obvious.

Easts penalised for breaching the point cap

RACING FORWARD: Nathan Sullivan puts his foot down for East Magpies in the BRL game at Salter Oval in Bundaberg.

Magpies lose points after going over cap against Isis

Local Partners

Disability worker shares her career with students at expo

For Tammy Watton, a natural instinct to help others turned into a long and fulfilling career in the disability sector.


What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

Things to do on the Fraser Coast this weekend

Kayla Schmidt, Charlie and Nitro at this year's Million Paws Walk. May 15th, 2016

Find out when and where things are happening this weekend.

Marking Maryborough Hospital's 130th birthday

A PIECE OF HISTORY: Nursing director Trish Spreadborough shows what it would have been like to care for patients in the early days of the Maryborough Hospital.

Learn about the rich history of the Maryborough Hospital

ABC2 slammed over football exhibition match coverage

ABC2 slammed for cringe-worthy pre-match coverage of the Sydney FC play Liverpool exhibition game

'Bulls--t!' Lisa Wilkinson grilled over Karl's pay packet

Join us for a Great Night as we Proudly present Lisa Wilkinson

“And you believe everything you read?”

Rebel Wilson trial: The secret we never could have known

Rebel Wilson outside court

“Most people wouldn’t know it exists,” she said.

Janet’s back in the ring

Marta Dusseldorp returns in season three of the TV series Janet King.

Season three of ABC's legal drama delves deeper than ever before.

Game of Thrones drops new trailer for season 7

Game of Thrones fans have been given a new trailer for season 7.

Fans are finally getting a full-throttled peak at season seven.

How true-blue train driver became a TV star

Bernie Baker stars in the TV series Railroad Australia.

Fan reactions still surprise Bernie Baker.

Conviction for Snapchat body shaming of elderly woman

Dani Mathers was arrested after snapping a photo of a naked, elderly woman in a US gym and posting it on social media. Picture: Supplied

Model convicted for secretly snapping and posting a naked gym pic

Open for inspection homes May 25-31

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!