Community group takes action over ‘health hazard’

A COMMUNITY group has taken matters into its own hands, accusing Somerset Regional Council of ignoring a "health hazard".

Linville Hall Committee has installed a barrier around what they claim is a leak from a toilet block in Linville Station Park.

President Alan Kirby said the group had been forced to take matters into its own hands.

 

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"A group of campers … they set up their tent over the wet patch. Over the day as people used the toilet, it started oozing," Mr Kirby said.

"It's actually sewage and it's leaking out of the drainage system.

"It's got to be a health hazard, so I thought I've got do something about it."

The toilet block was built in the 1960s.

With the township of Linville receiving increasing visitor numbers from the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, Mr Kirby said it was time for the council to act and upgrade the facility.

"It's well and truly had it's day," he said.

The Gatton Star revealed last month the hall committee had been warning the council for more than a year of the sewage leak.

Somerset Regional Council at the time disputed Mr Kirby's claims and stood by this following the installation of the barrier.

"Council has inspected the toilets and there is no sewage leaking into the park," Mayor Graeme Lehmann said.

"The soakage trench, part of the septic system, is the only area in the park with any moisture in the ground."

The Mayor said toilet block usage was increasing due to more traffic on the rail trail since it's completion in June last year, and this was being monitored by the council.

"For example, a blockage at the toilet block occurred last Friday, 11 October," he said.

"The blockage was fixed by a contract plumber within two hours.

"The septic system was checked and was not overloaded. It was functioning normally."

Cr Lehmann said blockages in the toilets at Linville occur because of what users put down the toilet.

"The toilet block has one male toilet and one female toilet," he said.

"To date this has been more than enough for Linville."

Mr Kirby said this wasn't good enough, and Linville had been "forgotten about".

"We've been trying for a new toilet block since 2016," he said. 

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