Wet season flushes out stinky surprise
ANCIENT sewerage infrastructure is wreaking havoc when nature calls in the city's old inner suburbs.
Bungalow resident Grace Lee is the latest in a growing list of people to complain about annual troubles with backed-up toilets and raw sewage floating on lawns.
She has resorted to using a public toilet up on higher ground near her villa complex swimming pool since her own commode becomes useless after a bit of rain.
"We're going nuts, we really are," she said.
Cairns Regional Council ran a survey late last year to determine which suburbs were worst affected by wet-weather sewerage issues.
Division 5 Cr Richie Bates said the issue was no surprise.
"They did the survey and it came back that the inner suburbs are quite bad - as bad as they have ever been," he said.
"It's like a road network - more people move to a suburb, there's more traffic.
"This is the same but with poo."
The council's water and waste manager Mark Wuth said a progressive program of sewer replacement and relining in the city's older suburbs was under way.
"This includes the $7.6 million Earlville Sewerage Upgrade stage 1, which is due for completion in April," Mr Wuth said.
" Stage 2, involving a further pump station upgrade, is expected to start in the next few months.
"This project will benefit homes in Westcourt, Bungalow, Mooroobool and Earlville.
"A $9 million project to upgrade sewer infrastructure in Manunda, Westcourt, Bungalow and Woree was completed last year."