More benzene sites to be investigated
By BELINDA F SCOTT
CORAMBA residents have nominated 10 people to pursue the issue of cleaning up their town's benzene contamination.
Peter Atwill, Belinda Atwill, Brian Adams, Jeff Otto, Sue Dickinson, Penny Dennis, Garry Dew, Gary Cook, insurance industry representative Anthony Saunders and Elaine Wood make up the new working party committee to represent the Coramba community and work with Coffs Harbour City Council, the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) and other government agencies on the issue.
Retired Coffs Harbour consultant engineer Ernie Armstrong and State MP Andrew Fraser agreed to help the committee in an ex-officio capacity.
Barry Lee, of the Rates, Levies and Development Association Inc, who chaired the meeting, declined an invitation to become involved in an ex-officio capacity.
Tuesday night's residents meeting at Coramba Hall attracted 60 people, including 53 residents of Coramba and surrrounds.
The new committee is also expected to investigate possible other sources of pollution in addition to the leaking unleaded petrol fuel tank identified and later removed from the Coramba service station.
These possible sources include an old council depot in Martin Street, a fuel tank under the front of the general store and the report that there were fuel bowsers outside the town's butcher shop at one point.
The meeting was told none of these sites had yet been investigated.