Coramba couple hoping for a positive solution

By LEE McDOUGALL

PETER and Belinda Attwill are waiting with bated breath for the outcome of last Saturday's meeting between Coramba residents and Coffs Harbour City Council general manager, Stephen Sawtell. The Coramba couple have been fighting for justice for the past four years since discovering their Martin Street property is contaminated with benzene, a known carcinogen. "We are a little apprehensive," Mrs Attwill said. "We don't want to get our hopes up. We're positive, but we've heard a lot of words in the past four years and seen little action." Mr Sawtell met with the Attwills and other concerned residents for several hours last Saturday, leaving the meeting with a long list of issues and questions to which he has been seeking answers. "I came away with about 20 issues," Mr Sawtell said. "This week I have met with the regional director of health and the director of special regulations (contaminated sites), and there were some positive outcomes of those meetings which I will be able to release to the public over the coming weeks. "I feel confident that there will be a strong level of support from the State Government to reach a positive outcome for the Attwill family and the people of Coramba." Mr Sawtell said he would be taking a close personal interest in the issue and would have a clearer picture of the extent of the contamination once the latest test drilling results were made available. A series of test drills were conducted in various sites throughout Coramba in early June to develop a clearer picture of the extent of the contamination. "We should have the results hopefully by the end of next week. This is something that should have been done four years ago," Mr Attwill said.



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