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11 September, 2021

Council to investigate drain concerns

TABLELANDS Regional Council has moved to resolve a potentially serious accident from occurring after a dangerous hazard inside an Atherton drain was brought to their attention by a local resident along with Atherton Chamber of Commerce president Bree Hargreaves.

By Michael Warren

TABLELANDS Regional Council has moved to resolve a potentially serious accident from occurring after a dangerous hazard inside an Atherton drain was brought to their attention by a local resident along with Atherton Chamber of Commerce president Bree Hargreaves.

 Atherton’s Kathy Kilpatrick raised the matter on social media and said her 92-yearold father, who is visually impaired previously wrote to TRC regarding his personal concerns about the drain in Mcconaghie St. Ms Kilpatrick’s father, who uses a gopher, wanted Council to consider erecting a fence or barrier in front of the drain so no one walking or travelling past would suffer a fall or be impaled on the prongs. 

Council initially called to tell her father the drains weren’t a matter for concern, but just days ago Council contacted Ms Kilpatrick to inform her they were aware of the problem and issued her with a reference number. 

Over the past few days The Express understands TRC has relocated the steel covers to where they should be while Council’s engineering team continues to look at how to improve general safety next to the road and alongside of the drain.

 “We appreciate the community bringing their concerns and requests for service to our attention,” General Manager for Infrastructure and Planning, Mark Vis told The Express. 

“We are aware of the situation regarding the drain on Mcconaghie Street and will be investigating further. 

“We’ll contact everyone who has been in touch once a decision has been made.”


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