Coramba residents say prolonged wet weather has repeatedly washed away backfill at the site over the years and a permanent solution to the problem needs to be found.
Coramba residents say prolonged wet weather has repeatedly washed away backfill at the site over the years and a permanent solution to the problem needs to be found.

A bridge too far as rain keeps washing away backfill

ONE wrong step and Coramba residents could be in for an unwanted swim or worse with damage the town's foot bridge access creating a hazard every time there's heavy rain.

Coramba residents say prolonged wet weather has repeatedly washed away backfill at the site over the years and a permanent solution to the problem needs to be found.

Brian Adam lives in the town and has seen repeated attempts by Coffs Harbour City Council to level the surface with gravel.

"I've seen them dump seven tonnes of gravel there, and within 48 hours it has washed away," Mr Adam said.

"Pouring a bit of gravel in is no solution, the next time it rains it will all be down in Urunga anyway."

He said the problem stemmed from the original construction of the bridge which replaced a previous structure that washed away about 30 years ago.

"When they built the bridge they didn't make the span long enough to be protected by the bank," he said.

February rain has made the problem more prominent.

"There are five tonnes boulders that have been dislodged, the photos just don't do it justice," Mr Adam said.

Mr Adam said he had received no word from council when the work would be done, however, within 24 hours of the Advocate contacting them workers were sent to rectify the problem on Thursday.

Prior to confirming work would go ahead on Thursday, a council spokesperson said the bridge had been earmarked for repairs.

"They have been prioritised into the programme of repair works we have been working on since the storm and the bridge is due to be repaired by this weekend," the spokesperson said.



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