Phil Conder is doing his block and wishes the same happened next door.
Phil Conder is doing his block and wishes the same happened next door. Renee Pilcher

Neighbour calls for end of swamp

THE plot seems to be thickening, especially the plot next door to Phil Conder’s Yabba Rd property at Imbil.

Mr Conder says it is enough to make a person do his block.

But although Mr Conder is prepared to do his own block, he says he is reluctant to maintain the one next door.

When Gympie Regional Council staff told Mr Conder the overgrown allotment next to his was acceptably maintained and “90% clear”, he thought they must have been looking at the wrong piece of land.

That is exactly what they were doing.

Mr Conder this week said council officers had photographed his mown lawn, not realising that the long grass nearby was on a separate allotment.

The land in question, on a corner at the fringe of Imbil’s business zone, is overgrown and mosquito infested, according to Mr Conder.

He says the owner lost interest when told of the infrastructure costs of building three new shops on the block.

Since then the grass has been growing quicker than anyone has bothered to keep up with.

“They told the owner, who lives in Asia, that it would cost $48,000 for the sewerage connections and $300,000 for the storm water connection, because of a drainage problem on the block,” he said.

That problem becomes a swamp at the back of the block where mosquitoes breed constantly.

“Everything here is getting crook,” he said. “The bloke next door tried to get his ride-on mower on to the long grass, but it wouldn’t do it.

“I’ve made nine phone calls to the council since March 3 and the council says they have no record of the calls.

“There is a school bus stop here and in summer the long grass harbours red bellied black snakes. We’ve seen several. One day someone will be bitten and, if it is a child, there is a fair chance it will be too late by the time the ambulance gets here.”

Gympie Times


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