Fed up farmer still fighting after 15 years
A 72-YEAR-OLD retired sugar cane farmer has vowed to fight Cairns Regional Council until the day he dies over a drainage issue he claims has ruined his Ferrero Rd property.
Standing in his gumboots in the pouring down rain this week, Jim Ramsay watched helplessly as his home, tool shed and rundown sugar cane farm sank deeper in the floodwaters.
“I am bloody upset. I have lost all my farming gear, my shed is flooded, my renovated house is flooding and I’ve lost all my welders again,” he said.
Water has been draining into Mr Ramsay’s property for almost 15 years after three residential properties and a road were built on the hill above him.
Mr Ramsay claims that the council is responsible for the drainage problem because the road built has no drainage system and funnels water down the hill and onto his land.
“If they want to allow people to build up the road, I have no problems with my neighbours but they need to safeguard the other people in the area from water drainage,” Mr Ramsay said.
Cairns Regional Council executive engi- neer Bob Baade has been investigating and surveying the property since the first complaint was made but said there is nothing council can do to assist.
“This has been ongoing for almost 15 years now and after investigating the property we found the road had no impact on the flooding issue in this area,” he said.
“I organised an independent engineer consultant to survey the property and the report came up with the same conclusion.
“It’s just a very low-lying area, the natural flow unfortunately is through his cane pad- dock which no one likes to see.”
Mr Baade the Council has not received complaints from any other residents in street and it would cost at least $100,000 to put a drainage system in.
Division 10 Councillor Julia Leu visited Mr Ramsay’s property and will ask council to review the 2006 report and reassess his concerns.
“Council has a responsibility to ensure that developments do not cause flooding problems for other residents and their properties,” she said.