News

Council claims Noosa Waters canals are really ‘lake area'

NOOSA Waters residents battling to have the Sunshine Coast Council repair its failing canal system have been told the waterway their expensive properties sit beside is really a "common lake area".

The council used this designation in October to deny responsibility for any rectification works.

The Noosa Waters Residents Association blamed a sinking canal bed for damage to a number of revetment walls and cited a 2010 response from former Primary Industries and Fisheries Minister Tim Mulherin to dispute the council's claim.

The minister said: "With respect to the Noosa Waters canal, I am advised that these canals were constructed and approved under the provisions of the Canal Act 1952.

"Section 11 of this act provides that the preservation, maintenance and keeping clean of any canals within its areas are a function of local government."

The council's counter claim was: "The Noosa Waters water body was transferred to the Crown as a common lake area under the Land Act.

"This act specifically prescribed that a 'common lake area' does not constitute a canal under what was then the Canals Act. As such, Noosa Waters is not a canal as prescribed by the Coastal Protection and Management Act."

Association president Gary Trevithick said this advice flew in the face of the council's intervention to fix Chancellor Park Lake and maintain other waterways "from Noosa Sound all the way down the Coast to Maroochydore and beyond".

"The whole thrust here is we are being discriminated against," Mr Trevithick said.

"At Chancellor Park Lake (the council) spent two or three million dollars fixing that up."

He said a motion had been put to fund those repairs through a benefit levy payable by the affected residents. But, Mr Trevithick said, the bulk of the council agreed to pay for it.

"For some reason that I don't know yet, they are saying the residents here can pay for the maintenance of the waterways."

The council's executive director of infrastructure services, Andrew Ryan, said the council maintained Mooloolaba and elements of Pelican Waters waterways because they were "canals, as described by the Coastal Protection and Management Act".

"But Chancellor Park was not a tidal water body that has a management plan and was designed for stormwater management. purposes," he said.

Mr  Ryan said the council was helping Noosa Waters residents work through what was "a very difficult and delicate situation" regarding their revetment walls.

"Residents are understandably concerned about this issue, which is why our engineers have provided their expertise and assistance," Mr Ryan said.

He said the council had engaged external engineering advice to help determine suitable remedial action.

"The cause and effect of the revetment wall failure is yet to be established.

"Council acknowledges that owners accept responsibility for the maintenance of revetment walls located on private property to protect private assets.

"Definitive costs will not be determined until such time as the design process is complete.

Noosa Waters Residents will have an opportunity to review and be provided these designs to undertake critical remedial works.

Topics:  noosa waters sunshine coast regional council


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Give the next gen a chance: Men's Shed founder

IDEA: Les McKenzie has a plan to help youths stay off benefits.

Les McKenzie has proposed an idea to help young people

Give a gift for dogs and cats in shelters

RAISING HOPE: Alice Thorn, with help from her rescue dog Penny, is leading a fundraiser to buy a Christmas present for every shelter animal on the Coast.

Student aims to buy every shelter pet a pressie

Grateful council says thanks for giving heaps

MIGHTY EFFORT: Cr Jess Glasgow, Noosa volunteers Robyn and Paul Jenkinson with Cr Joe Jurisevic at the special brunch.

Noosa volunteers day in the sun

Local Partners

Facebook solves stolen car mystery

THE social media site might get a bad wrap from time to time but this week it's proven to be a crime-solving wonder.

9 reasons to take the kids to Woodford Folk Festival

FAMILY FREINDLY: Woodford Folk Festival has something for everyone.

If you're thinking about leaving the kids at home, think again

130,000 music lovers get set for folk festival

Getting into the music at Woodford Folk Festival.

Pre-festival ticket sales up 15%

Market-goers are gobbling up the Christmas puddings

Puddling Lane Queensland Christmas puddings.

Christmas wouldn't complete without a traditional Christmas pudding.

Spiderman star used fake name to research role

Spiderman star Tom Holland.

Spiderman star went undercover at Brooklyn highschool

What's on the small screen this week

A scene from the TV documentary Running Wild: Australia's Camels.

TWO new Aussie docos will pique your interest.

EXCLUSIVE: Meet Robert Irwin, wildlife photographer

SNAPPER: Apart from wildlife, photography is Robert Irwin's great passion.

Steve's boy has a passion for photography

Louis Tomlinson's tribute to late mother

Louis Tomlinson's new single is a tribute to his late mother.

Justin Timberlake stuns students with secret class

Justin Timberlake stunned high school students in Sydney

Carrie Fisher says Ford will be bugged by affair confession

Carrie Fisher is sure Harrison Ford is annoyed at her

Business council backs higher buildings

ARIA's proposed No. 1 Esplanade at Mooloolaba.

BUSINESSS Council supports council plan to relax the height limits

Essential to get new Maroochydore CBD fundamentals right

LOOKING AHEAD: The central business district at Maroochydore is planned to be the heart of the Sunshine Coast.

SunCentral reports good progress on 53ha Sunshine Coast city heart

'Crucial' farm land eyed by defence department

Lawson Geddes moving the Brangus cattle to higher ground - which is the land the Defence Department is interested taking for the Shoalwater Bay expansion.

"You can't have one without the other.”

Former Shark Show for sale for $1.3 million

Vic Hislop at the old Shark Show.

TALK about a jaws-dropping real estate opportunity.

There's a whole lot of luxury in this home

The Endeavour Foundation's latest prize home in Mountain Creek.

WHEN it comes to desirable homes, it's hard to go past a prize home.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!