Clean-up cash for Coramba

By KAT MULLARD

CORAMBA residents are breathing a sigh of relief after the announcement of almost $900,000 in funding to clean up petrol contaminated groundwater.

A representative for the Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Water, John Coffey, addressed a public meeting at Coramba Hall on Thursday night with the news of the $895,230 Environmental Trust grant.

The funds will enable the Coffs Harbour City Council to undertake remediation works after a leak in a storage tank at a local petrol station caused contamination.

Petrol was first found seeping out of a bank into the Orara River in 2002, and a sump was installed to trap any contamination, and the town's drinking water was moved upstream.

The funding will be used to address the residual material slowly seeping into the soil and completely rehabilitate the area, and is estimated to take at least three years to complete.

Community representative for the Coramba Fuel Contamination Interagency Community Working Party, Larry Langman said the group were happy with the news.

"There was relief that funding is going to be there," he said. "The concern now is that it is going to take until April 2008 before anything proceeds."



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