(From left) Somerset Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann, natural resource manager Trevor Page and councillor Robin Caddy check out the state of waterways at Ferny Gully.
(From left) Somerset Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann, natural resource manager Trevor Page and councillor Robin Caddy check out the state of waterways at Ferny Gully. Contributed

Council steps in to remove trash

TWO trucks and a fuel tank are among debris the Somerset council will soon be removing from the Brisbane Valley's river system.

The work is part of a major clean-up of flood debris soon to begin in the Brisbane Valley river system.

The Somerset Regional Council is beginning two major projects to remove flood debris from Ferny Gully and in the Brisbane River at Fernvale.

The council has received funding of $155,000 from the State Government for the two projects, which will concentrate on removing man-made items washed into the waterways during the January floods.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said a survey of the Brisbane River had found a number of unexpected items needing to be removed, including a prime mover, a smaller truck hanging in trees and a fuel tank wedged high in a gum tree.

"It was vital we get extra funding to continue the removal of flood debris that had already begun along the Lockyer Creek," he said.

"Creek and river banks are a State Government, not a council responsibility, but thanks to this funding we'll be able to get in there and do the job.

"I'm sick of the sight of flood debris littered along Ferny Gully and the Brisbane River and I'm sure everyone else is too."

Cr Lehmann said the council had requested permission from all landholders along the watercourses to be cleared, seeking permission to enter properties.

"It's essential for landholders to return these forms promptly so we can get stuck into the removal of flood debris," he said.

"If you know of large debris items that may not be readily seen from the river, please make sure you let us know by filling in the form and returning it to council."



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