Palmwood Drive – solution in sight

March 22nd, 2012

It was with great joy that Council yesterday unanimously supported a call to improve the drainage network for Palmwood Dve, Dundowran Beach. The report which included a recommendation to fund the project in next years budget, should see the works hopefully be completed prior to next summer. I believe the works will be included in the 2012-2013 budget so that we can have the work completed before another wet season sees this road turning into a moat!
Eagle Beach Pde also has a drainage problem when the water table is so high but this is a bigger challenge to fix. When the lakes are full sections of the road are inundated until the water level drops. While it is a challenge to install efficient drainage networks in low lying flat beach front land, these older style developments have inherent problems in specific areas. I will continue to strive for works to be done to improve drainage for effected residents wherever possible.

2 Responses to “Palmwood Drive – solution in sight”

  1. Colin Burton 22 Mar 2012 at 8:37 am

    Without wishing to bag Dundowran beach developments presently in existence, this problem should be a learning experience for those in charge of deciding where residential development is going to be allowed. There are other low lying ares in Hervey Bay where big and no doubt very profitable housing tracts have already been permitted, and they are probably also afloat just now. The entry level buyers who took on huge mortgages to buy a first home in them were not well served. But profit rules . Just as it did a hundred years ago when the flood plains of our major coastal rivers attracted the battlers of that period.

    When the applications come in for land one or two metres above present high tide level and with zero fall to drain them – and that includes a lot of land along the first kilometre or two of the Toogoom road – hopefully council will not yield to the blandishments of the developers and sentence more young buyers to a watery home. And the compensation future ratepayers may have to pay to them for those decisions, or the Dutch style dykes and windmills to drain it !

    Take a look at the high land South of Hervey Bay – there’s plenty of it. Put the new estates up there.

  2. Sue Brookson 22 Mar 2012 at 10:31 am

    Totally agree with you. Thanks, Sue

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