Councillor Les MucKan, at Bayridge Heights estate, shows why the neglected park needs cleaning up.
Councillor Les MucKan, at Bayridge Heights estate, shows why the neglected park needs cleaning up. Daniel Tweed

Stand-off no walk in the park

THE MAN who developed Bayridge Heights Estate says the council should get off the grass and mow the park he created for residents.

But in a Mexican standoff the council says it won’t cut the grass or weed the park off Samarai Drive until the developer, Anthony Zamattia, finishes works for the water mains upgrade down Main Street.

“There has been a long history with this park that was completed in November 2006 and legal title transferred to council in February 2007.

“This work they’re talking about is nowhere near our site and in my opinion not part of our stage one but part of the overall development.”

The untidy park is upsetting the locals, (although the little bush birds and geckoes are happy), so councillor Les MucKan has taken up the cudgels to bring Mr Zamattia and Peter Smith, the council’s director of community and recreation, together in a meeting tomorrow.

“We’ve got to get to the roots of this and see who’s telling the truth so that someone can get out there and pull out the weeds and lower the grass before it overgrows any further.”

Mr Zamattia said the council and Wide Bay Water could not decide on the path of the water mains and so the item was bonded and Bayridge stage one approved.

“It took council and WBW until December 2008 to decide on water mains. During this time, I tried to have the park taken off maintenance a number of times, including efforts from our engineers at Barlow Gregg.

“I continued to weed and maintain the park and on at least two occasions did extensive work in preparation for off maintenance inspections, which were not successful.

“On one of these visits, council did not attend the site until two weeks after the scheduled time and the feedback was the park needed to be mowed.

“In fairness, that is an impossible situation so now I’ve handed over the matter to my lawyers.”



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