Estate waits for green light

SOMERSET Regional Council has deferred considered on a proposed 115 lot development south of Honeywood Estate in Fernvale until the results of a drainage survey are released.

Somerset Regional Council Manager Operations, Tony Jacobs, said the Fernvale Drainage Report was expected to be completed in early May.

“The expectation is the report of damage will indicate the areas of work to do in the Fernvale area,” he said.

“We won't be able to completely stop flooding in Fernvale.

“Our belief is that in this proposal, they are putting in infrastructure that will not make a difference to future flooding.”

Somerset Regional Councillor, Neil Zabel, said he would prefer to wait until the drainage report has been received before making a decision.

“We need to know what that report says before we vote, because I have grave concerns about adding to flooding in that area,” Cr Zabel said.

“We just need to have a look at our own complex here, it was flooded and it could happen again.

“I am very happy to see development take place in Fernvale, but we need to be cautious.”


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