Much about mulch: Max Nelson has asked the question should mulch be placed on the banks of Coffs Creek.
Much about mulch: Max Nelson has asked the question should mulch be placed on the banks of Coffs Creek.

Flood-prone banks to be stabilised

THE flood-prone banks of Coffs Creek will be stabilised in the city centre with more tree plantings, the Coffs Harbour Council revealed yesterday.

The measure, which was not detailed in the recently announced nine-point flood mitigation plan, surfaced yesterday after the council was asked what it planned to do with large piles of mulch near the bridge in Scarba and Gundagai streets.

Long-standing resident Max Nelson contacted the Coffs Coast Advocate concerned that mulch placed on the creek bed could be washed away as flood debris.

“I’m worried that if more mulch is washed into the creek during a flood it could cause blockages and the water could back up like it did last year, flooding homes and businesses,” Mr Nelson said.

A council spokeswoman said the mulch would be used for new tree plantings in the area and that only the best organic matter had been purchased.

“When this mulch breaks down it actually knits together and forms a mat and becomes firm so that water runs over the top of it,” the council spokeswoman said.

“It’s hoped the new tree plantings will stabilise the banks, stopping erosion,” it was said.



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