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Birkdale, Brisbane: Family stuck with power pole in driveway for a YEAR while council argue


Family is stuck with a power pole in their driveway for a YEAR while the council and their developer argue about if it can be moved

  • Family stuck with 6m-high power pole in front yard after a bureaucratic tussle
  • Brisbane couple Jodi and Rod Clerks claim council agreed to have pole removed
  • Redland City Council changed mind after consultant said moving pole unsafe 
  • Klerks have had to shell out $3,000 to have the water meter shifted four metres 

A family has been stuck with a power pole in the middle of their driveway during a year-long tussle between their developer and the council to have it moved.

Jodi and Rod Klerks claim the council agreed to have the 30-year-old pole moved off their new-build home in Birkdale in Brisbane’s south-east, when the application was still in the planning phase.

But Redland City Council officials reversed that decision after a consultant from the power company Energex found it would be unsafe to reposition the pole.

The about-turn means the Klerks had to build their driveway around the pole, which in turn meant shelling out thousands of dollars to have their water meter shifted to the side.

A family became locked in a failed bureaucratic tussle to have this 6m-high pole removed from their south-east Brisbane property

A family became locked in a failed bureaucratic tussle to have this 6m-high pole removed from their south-east Brisbane property

‘During the application the council made it a requirement they move the power pole. It was $3,000 to move the water meter four metres,’ she said.

Ms Klerks said the 6m-high pole was also starting to lean out of place, posing safety concerns for her and her neighbours.

‘It’s our leaning tower of Pisa,’ she told 9News. ‘We do have safety concerns because there has been movement of that power pole.’

The Energex consultant found the pole did not pose any dangers in its original position and would create an illegal hazard if it was moved from the property.

‘Relocation of the existing power pole is not desirable as it will… cause the overhead connections to cross the boundary,’ the letter to the council from the consultant read.

The Klerks also spent $90 on having their front yard assessed by a surveyor so the water meter could then be moved to the side of the property.

Ms Klerks said the 6m-high pole was starting to lean out of place, posing safety concerns for her and her neighbours

Ms Klerks said the 6m-high pole was starting to lean out of place, posing safety concerns for her and her neighbours

With the pole stuck in their driveway for more than a year, the Klerks had to shell out $3,000 to have their water metre shifted four metres to the side

With the pole stuck in their driveway for more than a year, the Klerks had to shell out $3,000 to have their water metre shifted four metres to the side

One of their neighbours was also forced to pay $1,800 to have a pole installed in their garden to prevent their power lines crossing those on the Klerks’ land. 

The family asked the council to help them claw back the cost of having the water meter moved – an expense usually paid for by the developer.

An Energex spokesman told Daily Mail Australia the supplier’s inspector found no reason to move the pole.

‘When housing estates are planned by development companies, they generally pay to relocate any existing infrastructure if desired,’ a spokesman said.

‘Energex was not engaged to undertake such works for this address. 

‘An Energex representative did a visual inspection of the pole last week and found no defects warranting replacement of the pole at this time.’ 

Daily Mail Australia has also contacted Redland City Council for comment.



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