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3 February, 2024

Sinkholes open up

TWO sinkholes that formed after heavy rain on 20 January captured the attention of Mareeba residents after pictures were posted to Facebook.


This sinkhole appeared near the Mareeba Hospital and was caused by a break in a sewer main.
This sinkhole appeared near the Mareeba Hospital and was caused by a break in a sewer main.

One of the sinkholes appeared on Lloyd Street, across from the Mareeba Hospital, while the other one appeared in the turning lane into Ward Street, near the golf course. 

Mareeba Shire Council says it was alerted to the sinkhole near the hospital on 21 January and barricaded it for public safety.

“The sinkhole was caused by a sewer main break. The site of the sinkhole is a connection point in the sewer network,” a council spokesperson said.

“The pipeline was installed around 1959 and is compromised due to the recent rain event and flooding impacting an ageing system.”

Council was repairing the holes last week.

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