Cairns weather: Sewage issues bubble up for inner suburbs
Cairns weather: Sewage issues bubble up for inner suburbs

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."



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