Tempers fray at Toogoom community meeting with council
TALES of poor drainage, flooding and septic tank overflow into backyards caused tempers to fray when the people of Toogoom joined the Fraser Coast mayor and other council staff at a community meeting on Monday to voice their concerns.
Erosion was another vexed issue, while others included concerns about damage to local parks, and general infrastructure problems.
Norm Hoffman, a long-time Toogoom resident, said the problems were slowly eating away the relationship between the council and many locals.
"It's the same old stuff: finger pointing," Mr Hoffman said.
"One guy at the meeting, he's on a septic and his yard is so flooded, and the septic tank has overflowed into the water around his home.
"He asked them five or six times, 'Is that a health hazard? Is that a health hazard?' but they wouldn't answer."
Mr Hoffman said the fact much of Toogoom was without kerb and channel meant any time heavy rain hit, residents felt the full force of overflow.
He said no solution had yet been found for the erosion problem threatening homes, and urged council to act now on issues raised at the meeting.
Mr Hoffman said the Federal Government should also step in.
"It's no good this council saying, 'We're having conversations'," he said.
"They need to be so bloody loud that everyone's going to hear, because there's nobody in Australia that would deny that Australians should have money spent on them before it's sent overseas, particularly when people are losing their houses and wading around in septic in their own front yards," Mr Hoffman said.
The Chronicle tried unsuccessfully to reach the Mayor for comment.