Former Rockhampton mayor Lea Taylor says the pipe, used to transfer sewage from new houses in Gracemere, is third-world standards.
Former Rockhampton mayor Lea Taylor says the pipe, used to transfer sewage from new houses in Gracemere, is third-world standards. Allan Reinikka

Taylor blasts third-world sewer

MAYORAL candidate Lea Taylor accused the council of inflicting "third-world" standards on Gracemere yesterday.

Mr Taylor joined fellow former city councillor Rod Green to condemn the council for sanctioning the collection of raw sewage in a collection pit on a new housing estate.

The Morning Bulletin yesterday revealed that sewage from at least 30 new properties was draining into a pit and was collected daily by a vacuum truck because a sewer main had not been completed.

"These people are living in a third-world situation and there are a lot of unanswered questions," said Mr Taylor, a former mayor of Rockhampton.

"As a real estate agent I know we are not allowed to sell any land that is not connected to all essential services.

"In my opinion, the council should have told the developer that he would have to wait until the proper infrastructure was in place.

"For the mayor and chief executive to call this a minor problem and say there is no health hazard here is frankly a joke and a serious misjudgement."

Mr Green was equally riled, slamming the situation as disgraceful.

"I don't think the community is being told the whole truth on this issue.

"How can it be right to run a pipe full of human waste across a muddy paddock and through a drain?

"What happens if it splits?"

Mayor Brad Carter said the problem had arisen because of the rapid growth of Gracemere and the development in question.

The council had not been able to provide the link to infrastructure in time and while the temporary arrangement was not perfect, it was legal and met health requirements, he said.

He stressed that the developer in question had done nothing wrong and had been shown no favouritism.

And he promised that as soon as the full costs of the pumping operation were known, they would be made public.



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