Spoonbill Lake at Boambee East. Photo: Leigh Jensen/ Coffs Coast Advocate
Spoonbill Lake at Boambee East. Photo: Leigh Jensen/ Coffs Coast Advocate Leigh Jensen/ Coffs Coast Advoca

Work approved for Spoonbill Lake to alleviate flooding

COFFS Harbour City Council will develop an environmental management plan for Spoonbill Lake at Boambee East following a move by Cr Rodney Degens to have a new channel cut in the existing concrete spillway to alleviate flooding of properties.

Cr Degens said the spillway was an artificial construct, built many years ago, which was blocking runoff to Cordwells and Boambee Creek and inundation of areas surrounding the lake in major floods had left many homes uninsurable.

He wanted to see the maximum water level of Spoonbill Lake lowered, but council staff said that the lake's embankment had little effect on major flooding in the area, which was caused by water level rises in Boambee and Cordwells Creeks.

Meanwhile by Cr Rodney Degens for Coffs Harbour City Council to differentiate between different types of land acquisition in order to determine appropriate level of compensation failed to gain majority support because other councillors said state legislation governed the process and council could not intervene.



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