Council employee photographed hosing grass at Weeroona Park.
Council employee photographed hosing grass at Weeroona Park.

‘Abuse of power’: Resident targets council over water usage

AN eagle-eyed resident has shared his dismay at watching on as council employees used an untold amount of water to hose grass in Weeroona Park.

The concerned individual, who wished to remain anonymous, said it stunk of ‘one rule for Southern Downs Regional Council and another for ratepayers’.

Residents remain on 100 litre per person per day water restrictions.

“Not one, but two hoses going to water the park.

“People can’t even shower every day but the council can water a park.

“It’s typical. Two laws … one for them and one for us.

“What you have here is photographic evidence of an abuse of power.

“I sat and watched this go on for an hour or more.

“We live on tank water and can’t shower everyday.

“Council should not be watering, period.”

The complainant said this went on over two days.

A Southern Downs Regional Council spokesperson defended the actions and said residents relied on its parks during difficult times, such as the current drought.

“Council staff may choose to use a hose with recycled water to water specific areas of Weeroona Park, should spot watering be required.

“This may be required for keeping young or recently transplanted flora alive.

“All water used to maintain parks and recreational areas is recycled water.

“No potable water is used in these areas.

“During times of drought it is essential for residents to have access to parks and recreational areas for both physical and mental health.

“Council believe it is important to continue to maintain these community spaces so that residents can continue to enjoy our beautiful region,” an SDRC spokesperson explained.

But that explanation didn’t lessen the individuals frustration.

“I don’t care if its potable water or recycled water or not. It’s wrong.

“Creating awareness is the key here.”