Tourism sense

Gatton Star - - YOUR SAY -

LOCK­YER Val­ley Re­gional Coun­cil Mayor grand­stand­ing and act­ing the so­cial guru with a de­pic­tion of a mon­u­men­tal broc­coli placed in our main street of Gat­ton. This as a sug­ges­tion to­ward en­cour­ag­ing tourists to our re­gion. My ad­vice to our mayor is to “get real.” This sug­ges­tion is ju­ve­nile. May I sug­gest, coun­cil stop try­ing to grand stand and con­cen­trate on real prob­lems en­trenched within our val­ley re­gion.

My ob­ser­va­tions high­light a very se­ri­ous prob­lem sur­round­ing our ur­ban and coun­try re­gions, and this is drainage. Yes, it will rain again! The lack of sur­veyed drainage fall around Gat­ton town, as an in­stance, is very ob­vi­ous. Gut­ters with ponded sta­tion­ary non-drainage water in gut­ters and side drains is an il­lus­tra­tion of a lack of un­der­stand­ing drainage.

An area of con­cern with drainage, is when one ob­serves the ob­vi­ous dish gully at rear of homes on south/west side of Wil­liam St, which col­lects quite a run-off of stormwa­ter from up-hill to­ward hospi­tal. This run-off flow is around 600mm deep and fast flow­ing at times. This cre­ates a dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion for fam­i­lies with young chil­dren. This tor­rent could po­ten­tially drown a child.

For the town of the age of Gat­ton, why has sit­u­a­tions such as this, not been ad­dressed years back. Please di­rect fund­ing to­ward cor­rect­ing th­ese prob­lem ar­eas as op­posed to squan­der­ing our rate mon­eys on pro­mo­tional ex­pen­di­ture. This Coun­cil must place grandiose schemes on the back-burner, and di­rect ef­forts and fund­ing to­ward cor­rect­ing more de­sir­able, prac­ti­cal con­cerns.

— B Fowke, Re­gency


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