The Mackay Regional Council says work is being done to reduce the flood risk to residents in East Mackay.
Council yesterday responded to a petition, signed by about 100 residents, who are concerned about the maintenance of drains on Bridge Road and Petrie Street.
They also raised concerns about sand build-up in Shellgrit Creek.
Councillor Kevin Casey says more than $1.2 million has been spent on clearing the drains in the past four years.
However, he says there is no money in the budgets over the next 10 years to improve infrastructure in the Bridge Road drain.
"The long-term financial plan, it does vary," he said.
"We do have to change our tack sometimes and this is one of the possibilities that can happen.
"You have to assess it, see how much it's worth and it's possibly not a case of going bang and doing it all in one year, it has to be done over a number of financial years."
The council says it will consider funding a hydrology study into flooding in East Mackay, as part of next year's budget.
Cr Casey says it will ask the owners of the Mackay Airport to help fund the study.
"Water off their land off the airport does come into that drain both ways," he said.
"The airport drains to the north into Bridge Road and also to the south through a drainage system they've got into Shellgrit Creek as well.
"The mouth of Shellgrit Creek is where both those drains exit out to the ocean."
'Waited long enough'
Resident Dorothy Wooldridge says it is concerning there is no commitment of capital funding in the next 10 years.
"I am holding out hopes that it comes into the next budget because we have waited long enough," she said.
"This council must give this town attention to these drains. They're the two main drains that lead to the sea."
She says she is happy that council is considering funding a hydrology study but she says she has been campaigning on the issue for more than a decade and is not confident any action will be taken.
"I don't have faith in anything at this precise moment," she said.
"l'll just sit back and wait and see because they have said that they would do it but then again these things they always say they're going to do and they never come to fruition."
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