There’s no doubt, new housing developments have been popping up across Hemmant in recent years with the population continuing to grow.
But residents are seriously concerned that this influx of homes and development has not been accompanied by the necessary drainage infrastructure.
Many locals are reporting flooded roads and properties during king tides and after light rain.
Locals have taken to Facebook to voice their concern putting the flooding down to “neglect”.
“Storm drains not coping on Young’s road, drive with care, able to pass but building quickly while tide is high,” one resident said.
“There is not another capital city in Australia where residents that live within 11klm of the CBD don’t have town water or sewerage but residents of Hemmant don’t have these basics,” another said.
One local has started a petition, calling on the LNP run Brisbane City Council to address the issue and upgrade surrounding drainage and water infrastructure.
“The Brisbane City Council’s 1992 Lytton Road East Development study carried out in secrecy with no community consultation clearly say that if the industrialisation of Lytton and Hemmant were to take place substantial drainage upgrades were need to take place,” the petition reads.
“Since that time massive amounts of fill have been placed in former inter-tidal areas between the rail line and Bulimba Creek and Brisbane River without and increased drainage or maintenance.”
The Labor Opposition Leader in Brisbane City Council, Jared Cassidy has backed residents in and echoed their calls for action.
“These reports from residents are seriously concerning and the LNP Council needs to act fast,” Cr Cassidy said.
“The local LNP Councillor Lisa Atwood also needs to stop passing the buck and get on with the job of fixing this now.”
Councillor Atwood and the LNP hold power in City Hall, if she actually wanted to help her residents all she’d have to do is pick up the phone and call Mayor Schrinner herself.”