Resident kicks up a stink

BOB Cunningham is stuck between a rock and a very smelly place.

The Korora resident has a pool full of sewage, toilet paper and solid waste, due to stormwater run-off that has nowhere to go thanks to a silted-up creek at the back of his home.

“Every time there's a storm it comes up from the sewer outlet, through the laundry and bathroom, and fills up the pool,” Mr Cunningham said.

“It's rank.”

For 18 years, whenever silt built up in the creek beside his home, Coffs Harbour City Council would come out and clear it.

But since the area in question is now jointly managed by the Department of Environment and Climate Change and Coffs Harbour City Council, his calls are falling on deaf ears.

“I've lived here for 20 years and I know how the creek operates,” Mr Cunningham said.

“The creek just gets more silted up, the water stays in the drain and I'm walking in sewage.”

A spokesperson for DECC said its preference for the management of the creek is to allow natural processes to prevail.

“If council considers it necessary to open the mouth of the creek, DECC has consistently supported these works,” he said.

A spokesperson for Coffs Harbour City Council said council is aware of the issue and will investigate it further.



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