HIGH AND DRY: Edgar Fossy has spent two years trying to convince Google Maps to correct mapping which mistakenly shows a creek running through his property.
HIGH AND DRY: Edgar Fossy has spent two years trying to convince Google Maps to correct mapping which mistakenly shows a creek running through his property. Warren Lynam

Google mistake gives landholder waterfront property

EDGAR Fossey got quite a shock when he happened to plug his Buderim address into Google Maps.

Mr Fossey discovered that he should have had a water view from the home he had lived in for about 20 years.

Google Maps showed Mountain Creek, which is in a reserve at the rear of his Stringybark Road property, running across the middle of his block.

Mr Fossey said has attempted to have Google Maps correct the mistake but he is yet to receive a response.

"I reckon I've written to them about half a dozen times to them and there's been absolutely no reply but the creek has 'moved' a little bit," he said.

Google Maps has "shifted" the creek to the rear right corner of the Fosseys' property but Mr Fossey said the creek was really about 200m away from the rear boundary.


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Mr Fossey and his wife have laughed about it.

"If the water comes back to where they want it to be, we might have a waterfront property," he said.

But the error, while amusing and a little frustrating, is also causing them concern.

The Fosseys want to move and are worried the error is affecting the sale of their home by deterring potential buyers.

"Buyers just have to look at Google Maps and they see a creek going through the place," he said.

Mr Fossey said the mistaken alignment of the creek on Google Maps could also affect other properties in the area.

He said it also cast doubt on the accuracy of Google Maps overall.

The Daily contacted Google for a response and was advised to send an email to which there had been no response at the time of publication.


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