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Livingstone Shire Council reacts to bog man’s claims

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 their lack of support with cleaning up his property. Photo Austin King / The Morning Bulletin
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 their lack of support with cleaning up his property. Photo Austin King / The Morning Bulletin Austin King

LIVINGSTONE Shire Council has issued a statement saying groundwater concerns at Mr Harris's property were caused by his home's proximity to land subjected to tidal inundation.

The council stated it had installed some sub-soil drains along the footpath near Mr Harris's property.

Fitzroy River Water tested the groundwater to rule out water and sewer leaks.

The council stated works were scheduled to check the sewer system a final time.

"Drainage and maintenance on private property remains the responsibility of the property owners; and as such the council is limited in what assistance it can provide," a council spokesman said.

"The council is certainly empathetic to residents who may be financially or physically unable to maintain their properties however it also has a concurrent duty of care to other residents and ratepayers.

"The council has a statutory obligation to investigate complaints relating to overgrown land and respond to such complaints."

Topics:  drainage fitzroy river water livingstone shire council sewer tide



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