THE summer months bring relief for most who live in Ballarat from our notorious winter chills, but for one Ballarat North resident summer is the only time when he can mow his lawns.
Readers Champ visited Allan Hughes about a “natural spring” on his nature strip that prevents him from mowing a substantial section of his lawn.
Mr Hughes has lived at the house for 12 years with his wife and believes the spring occurred when a drain was installed out the front of his home about nine years ago.
Mr Hughes’ ride-on mower has been bogged several times in the spring that has made the ground unsteady and soft.
As a result, a six square-metre patch of knee-high grass now taints the front of his Pinewood Drive home.
“Council call it a natural spring. There is a drain (that runs down the hill) and water follows it down,” Mr Hughes said.
“It’s a weak point and water is rising there. In bad rains it spreads to 40 square metres.
“I can’t mow the area, it just chops it up. My ride-on mower has been bogged three times.”
Above all, Mr Hughes’ main concern is for the safety of people who travel over his nature strip.
“I’m just frightened that someone will come flying down there on a bike and hurt themselves,” Mr Hughes said.
Deep track marks can be seen where a postie has ridden a bike through the wet area.
“If a car came through the area you would have to get a tow truck to pull it out.
“Council think that, because it’s a natural spring, they don’t have to do anything about it.
“If they put more aggy piping that could possibly drain it, but I’m open to suggestions.
“The summer storms can fill the aggy pipe, but the aggy can’t handle the winter rains.”
Readers Champ visited Mr Hughes last year about the spring and the council said it would make contact with Mr Hughes, but no action was taken.
City of Ballarat City infrastructure general manager Eric Braslis said council would assess Mr Hughes’ situation.
“Council staff will visit the site this week to determine what can done to address the situation.”