Warning about driveways

WHITSUNDAY Regional Council is asking property owners to ensure existing driveways are maintained and new driveways are constructed to council design standards to help prevent unnecessary flooding.

Some driveways, mainly in rural areas, interfere with the flow of stormwater, resulting in flooding problems for neighbouring properties.

These standards stipulate that a property's driveway should not stop or slow water flow along the table drain or the kerb and channel.

The construction of all driveways within the road reserve must be approved by council and is the owner's responsibility.

Council's mayor, Jennifer Whitney said that property owners also need to obtain a Road Works Permit prior to any works being undertaken within the road reserve.

"It is important that property owners realise their responsibilities with regards to their driveways and we urge property owners to do any maintenance work prior to the wet season," mayor Whitney said.

"This policy also relates to residential and commercial properties throughout all local government areas in Queensland," she said.

The application forms for a Road Works Permit can be obtained from Council's website www.whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au or through council's Customer Service Centres at Proserpine 4945 0200, Bowen 4761 3600 and Collinsville 4785 5366.


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