NOT HAPPY: Geoff Bentley said his Mt Perry property has been mistreated for a decade.
NOT HAPPY: Geoff Bentley said his Mt Perry property has been mistreated for a decade. Anastassia Perets

Mt Perry man's ten-year-old problem

GEOFF Bentley hopes the newly elected council will bring his decade long battle to an end.

He said his Mount Perry property has been mistreated since he entered into a contractual agreement with the Mount Perry Shire Council in 2005.

After multiple attempts to resolve the problem, Mr Bentley said he still had no solution..

"I went to a council meeting in Monto to present the problem, and none of the councillors have gotten back to me since," he said.

"My main concern is, how many other people is this happening to?"

The problems began when Mr Bentley bought a residential and commercial block.

What followed, Mr Bentley described, were numerous incidents where the council's side of the agreement was not followed.

"Part of the contract required me to build a mechanical workshop, and the council was meant to assist in providing mechanical work from the council workshop," he said.

"A day after we signed the contract, the council employed a mechanic for them to use despite knowing the workshop was being constructed.

"The council was to change the workshop from residential to commercial land, which they never did, and building a workshop on residential land is technically illegal.

"Then when the workshop was built, the concrete slab that was supposed to be built to approved standards was not.

"So now I can't put a commercial hoist on the slab because it doesn't meet the requirements."

Mr Bentley said as part of the original agreement, the workshop was to be built with disabled access and parking.

"The disabled access is provided at the front of the workshop, however when NBRC constructed the road, they built in a manner that has an extensive camber, thereby making the disabled access useless." he said.

Water-related problems have especially caused a headache for Mr Bentley.

"A spoon drainage was constructed to the length of the workshop slab, thereby directing run off from the roadway around and across the block water logging the block during rain," he said.

Due to the positioning of a culvert and drainage system, all run off water is diverted across and through the property and inundates the area under the house.

"I've had a tenant move out of the house because of it," he said.

It's not just his personal property that Mr Bentley is concerned about, but also the block of land to the side.

In the past, he has offered to turn that block into a shopping centre.

This was not accepted and he said now the council has "destroyed" that block due to pipes placed underneath.

"The sullage system has not been constructed to accepted methods and is a demonstration of incompetence and serious misuse of rate payers' property," he said.

"To get it fixed will be a considerable expense."

North Burnett Regional Council CEO Mark Pitt said the council is looking into the concerns raised and will provide Mr Bentley a response in due course.

"We are taking the issue seriously," he said.


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