Permanent sand build-up is slowly choking creek
GREG Thornton says the shape and direction of the rock wall at the mouth of Coffs Creek is exacerbating the build-up of sand.
The Orlando Street resident, who said he had spent a lifetime working with water in the irrigation industry, said he had seen an 'unbelievable' build up of sand in the creek over 30 years to the point where the estuary would soon be a picnic area.
He wants council water engineers to inspect the wall urgently, saying this week's events provide an ideal opportunity for people experienced in the flow and diversion of water to see the effect the rock wall was having.
"They have created a bar across Coffs Creek," he said.
"The rock wall is at too great an angle and is not built in the right position. It is stopping water getting up and down."
Mr Thornton said the wall was compounding the problem caused by the Orlando Street railway bridge, the Orlando Street road bridge and the remaining pylons of the old BAT Tramway bridge.