Felicity Jenkins, eight, and her brothers cannot play in their Mount Morgan yard because it has become a swamp and her mother Emma Jenkins has to walk along a plank to get to the laundry.
Felicity Jenkins, eight, and her brothers cannot play in their Mount Morgan yard because it has become a swamp and her mother Emma Jenkins has to walk along a plank to get to the laundry. Chris Ison Rokcmud

Family are sick of stagnant stench

IT’S a stagnant stench that has hung over one Mount Morgan family for months and they’re sick of it.

Emma Jenkins said since her family of five moved back to the area in January they have had to deal with a back yard that frequently floods, leaving a muddy mess.

Her property, on Old Rifle Range Road, is in a low lying area and is subject to the run-off from heavy rainfall but Mrs Jenkins said water used to flow through a paddock adjacent to her home and then into Dairy Creek.

Mrs Jenkins claimed she had called the Rockhampton Regional Council every week since January 16 asking them to send an engineer to look at the problem which she said was caused by a developer building a new road and changing the natural water course.

But a council spokeswoman strongly refuted the claim stating the council had undertaken an inspection of the site which had determined there was no “apparent link” between development in the area and the flooding she experienced.

Mrs Jenkins said when it rained: “I can be up to my ankles in water with it rushing past me. I can’t even get a council worker out here to have a look to see where the water is going,” she said.

Mrs Jenkins said she believed an engineer would have visited her home by now if she lived in Rockhampton.

She said Mount Morgan services had suffered under amalgamation.

"I can’t even get a council worker out here to have a look to see where the water is going," Mrs Jenkins said.



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