‘big wet’ made worse Croc-infested creek keeps creeping
A WONGA Beach family is concerned for their children’s safety as a crocodile-infested creek keeps flooding into their yard.
Shane Smith and his sixmonth pregnant wife Therese Maloney have two children Kynan, six, and Ryder, three, who are forced to play inside as their backyard becomes a river whenever it rains.
“We have had to call the SES volunteers to deliver sandbags twice in the last month to prevent water from coming into the house,” Mr Smith said.
“Every time it rains heavy our entire yard gets flooded because the creek at the end of the street breaks and there is no drainage system.”
Therese’s sister Corine Maloney and her partner Juan Walker also live on the property with their one-yearold daughter Mili.
“We don’t want to sound like we are complaining but when it rains water comes rushing up our driveway, through our backyard and right up to the doors of our house,” Mrs Maloney said.
One of their biggest concerns is the safety of their children as neighbours have reported a crocodile in the creek which is flooding.
To combat the issue the family is negotiating with the Cairns Regional Council to develop a drainage system for Bowman Close and prevent future flooding.
Division 10 Councillor Julia Leu is determined to help the locals and is organising engineers to come out to the property.
“I have spoken to council engineers and asked for an engineering assessment to see what can be done,” she said.
“Unfortunately the area is low-lying but we need to do what we can to assist the current residents.”
That time again: Therese Maloney sandbags her property