Drainage concerns prompt residents’ action group
MEMBER for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser visited Mullaway last Friday to discuss stormwater drainage concerns with local residents.
The residents' group has been pushing for adequate drainage to be built in the area for some time.
After inaction by Coffs Harbour City Council, the group presented Mr Fraser with a petition of 340 signatures, prompting his Northern Beaches visit.
CHCC general manager Steve McGrath was also invited to inspect the lack of infrastructure last Friday, but did not attend.
Mr Fraser forwarded the petition to Mr McGrath, who sent it to the council's Sustainable Infrastructure Strategic Asset Management Section for review.
The concerned residents sent a follow-up letter to Mr McGrath seeking clarification of the review process and a proposed timeline for the issue to be resolved.
"Unfortunately, council did not respond in any way to our invitation," resident Veronica Ryan said.
"Nor have they acknowledged receipt of, or replied to, our letter requesting further information."
Ms Ryan said the residents appreciated Mr Fraser's attendance.
"He took the time to witness for himself the extent of the drainage problem in the village.
"He noted that a couple of the streets in the south-west of the village, near the caravan park, had drainage and he was mystified as to why the rest of Mullaway had been ignored."
The residents plan to form a more formalised association to help monitor the issue, as well as other issues affecting the village.
"We will be approaching residents of Mullaway in the new year to ascertain interest," Ms Ryan said.