Animals out as paddock floods

Dean Dezotti, Sam Indriolo and Les Jones behind Dean’s property. Picture: Marcelo Palacios d405167
Dean Dezotti, Sam Indriolo and Les Jones behind Dean’s property. Picture: Marcelo Palacios d405167

Dean Dezotti said water was flowing back from a recent development at Lot 224 Orton Road and on Monday the paddock was still too wet for his animals.

He had to agist his pony at a neighbour’s paddock.

Mr Dezotti said the development began in February and a For Sale sign was recently erected but numerous meetings had been held without drainage concerns being addressed.

He called on the council and the developer to take action.

Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire chief executive Richard Gorbunow said the site was rural and subject to flooding after rainfall, due to the flat landscape and clay soils.

‘Drains are inspected and maintained as part of the shire’s annual drainage maintenance program. The area was recently inspected by officers and drainage appeared to be functioning correctly,’ he said.

He said water was still sitting on some parts of the bridle trail and this needed fixing, as part of inspections shire officers were doing on the development.

‘The matter is being dealt with through the normal subdivision process,’ he said, in relation to developers D’Orazio Holding and Da Prato Holdings.

‘As part of the practical completion inspection, shire officers identified various matters to be addressed within the subdivision and this included concerns of residents.’

Officers had met residents three times.