SMELLY: A growing blockage in the Coffs Creek is creating an unpleasant stench that is wafting into houses backing onto the creek.
SMELLY: A growing blockage in the Coffs Creek is creating an unpleasant stench that is wafting into houses backing onto the creek. Claudia Jambor

Creek blockage kicks up a stink

ACCUMULATING rubbish and natural debris have caused significant blockages in multiple sections of Coffs Creek, sparking concern among nearby homeowners.

Scarba St residents whose properties back onto the creek have watched as one particularly bad blockage has built up debris in the past six weeks.

One of the residents, Lorraine Tibbs, said the blockage had stopped the flow of creek water and made it stagnate, creating an unpleasant smell that wafted into her house.

“It’s been smelling in that last eight–10 days because we haven’t had any rain,” she said.

Ms Tibbs said the residents were worried their homes could be at risk of flooding when the summer rains arrived.

“We’re all concerned that when the wet season comes in Coffs Harbour it will be just overflowing, because it builds up there and it just washes back right through to the land at the back (of my house),” she said.

Ms Tibbs said she had contacted the council six times in the past six weeks for the blockage to be removed but hadn’t received a response.

Ms Tibbs said she also contacted councillor and friend Nan Cowling three weeks ago in a bid to get something done but to no avail.

In a statement, Coffs Harbour City Council said staff had removed material from the area of the creek using machinery.

The council statement said the remaining material in the creek required removal by hand due to its location and it would be done as soon as resources allowed.

Council staff were also regularly monitoring the area.



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