POLLUTED: Warning signs have been erected at Quart Pot Creek after a sewerage pipe was damaged, polluting the waterway.
POLLUTED: Warning signs have been erected at Quart Pot Creek after a sewerage pipe was damaged, polluting the waterway. Liana Turner

Effluent spills into creek

WARNING signs are still in place after a sewerage line was damaged in Quart Pot Creek.

The pipeline was struck in part of the creek parallel to Lock St on Wednesday during excavation works funded by the Stanthorpe Shire River Improvement Trust.

Southern Downs Regional Council workers were at the site, where signs were placed to warn against swimming or fishing in the creek shortly afterwards.

Trust chairman Greg Thouard said a swift response from contractor Ron Horner and the council followed the incident.

"Immediate remedial works were undertaken,” Mr Thouard said.

"The trust and council followed due process to ensure the health and integrity of the stream was protected,” he said.

"A bund wall was constructed to isolate the work area and with dry conditions there was no flow in the creek.”

Mr Thouard was confident the stream network had not been compromised and cited the "quick and expert remedial works” for this.

"As a due process, council may leave signs advising not to swim and fish and residents should observe signs,” he said.

He said there was no evidence to support reports of dead fish in the waterway.

"I have not received any official reports of fish dying in the section of creek works,” he said.

At the time of printing, the cause of the incident remained unclear.

The Southern Downs Regional Council declined multiple requests for comment on the incident, the extent of damage and the repairs of the pipeline.

Meanwhile, Mr Thouard said the flood mitigation works were going well.

"I have received a massive number of good comments about the River Trust works,” he said.

He said he was happy with the project and the trust was "very fortunate to have received federal, state and local government support”.

Mr Thouard said the community outcry over recent years had led to the trust pushing the works, which will continue beyond the parkland to the areas near the New England Hwy and West Rd.



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