Sewerage fix needed
THE Keppel Sands community was promised $180,000 in funding to fix a major sewerage issue in 2009.
Three years later and Rockhampton Regional Council has spent almost as much maintaining the problem at the town's Bill Kingel Caravan Park after the funding was spent elsewhere.
Frustrated members of the Keppel Sands Working Committee, like residents Ray Thompson and Tam Waters, wasted no time in meeting with newly-elected Member for Keppel Bruce Young yesterday to explain the issues and relay their fears that they may never see the money to get the vital system working.
They also handed a petition with more than 500 signatures to Cr Brett Svendsen, who presented it at a full council meeting yesterday. Cr Svendsen requested the caravan park be maintained and an appropriate sewerage solution be implemented.
Council has spent more than $172,000 pumping sewage out of its caravan park over three years.
Mr Young yesterday said the issue was affecting the viability of the area and health of residents, and he urged council to address it immediately by splitting the system to include grey water irrigation to public parklands.
He also urged council and mayoral candidates to commit to fixing the problem.
A council spokeswoman yesterday said it had gained a $180,000 grant in 2009 to replace the septic tank with a sewerage system, but there was not enough area to dispose of the effluent water, and the funds were redirected.