BOGGY SPOT: Ken Harris, 79, takes a much-needed rest after digging this trench to try to access a groundwater pipe on his property. He is fuming with Livingstone Shire Council for its lack of support with cleaning up his property.
BOGGY SPOT: Ken Harris, 79, takes a much-needed rest after digging this trench to try to access a groundwater pipe on his property. He is fuming with Livingstone Shire Council for its lack of support with cleaning up his property.

Threat of fines too much for Ken

KEN Harris has a lot of go left in him at 79 years of age, but he says "I simply can't do it anymore".

He can't "do anymore" because he's had one major and two minor heart attacks. When he started feeling chest pains a week or so ago, he thought he was having another attack.

However, a doctor's visit confirmed his muscles were constricting because he was working too hard.

Yesterday he was working as much as he could to try to fix the groundwater pipes in his backyard. The pipes have put him into a bit of a boggy situation with Livingstone Shire Council.

Ken owns a Taranganba home, at the bottom of a hill in Swordfish Ave.

He has owned it for about three years but he rents it out.

For the past 18 months, he's had problems with groundwater drainage in the backyard.

Every time there is a downpour, Ken's backyard becomes a swamp. In the past 18 months, he has spent $5000 and used his own time and labour to try to fix the problem.

Earlier this month, Ken received a compliance notice from Livingstone Shire Council stating he needed to brush cut his fence line and mow the grass.

He couldn't carry out those works because it was too expensive. A poor drainage system, to channel groundwater off his property, also caused groundwater to seep through the ground in his backyard.

Since he received the letter from the council, Ken has put every inch of his strength and finances to sort out the problem. It will take a good $10,000 to fix the drainage pipes.

He said he didn't have that money.

The council has threatened him with a fine if he doesn't comply with the notice.

"All I'm asking for is a bit of help... I can't do much more," he said.

 

 

Livingstone Shire Council will respond on Monday.



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