Un­der­wa­ter car park no lark for res­i­dents

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

DIANNE Harper is sick of her un­der­wa­ter car park.

The long-time Port Dou­glas res­i­dent has been bat­tling coun­cil for eight years to get some re­lief from the reg­u­lar flood­ing which leaves the car park in her Mow­bray St unit un­der wa­ter.

“We don’t even park in the car-park these days, we just leave the car on the street,” she said. “The wa­ter must be calf-deep.”

Ms Harper said the flood­ing was worse than usual this week, but half the prop­erty was reg­u­larly un­der wa­ter.

“It doesn’t have to be a tor­ren­tial down­pour, just heavy rain,” she said. “The drains just aren’t big enough.

Ms Harper said she had had no joy in eight years of deal­ing with coun­cil.

“We’ve been told it’s cost-pro­hib­i­tive to fix, but that doesn’t wash with me,” she said. “Don’t charge full rates if half the prop­erty is use­less.”

Fed up: Mow­bray St res­i­dent Dianne Harper

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