PILE: Corindi residents want this enormous dirt pile removed.
PILE: Corindi residents want this enormous dirt pile removed. TREVOR VEALE

Residents are dirty over dump

THOUSANDS of tonnes of dirt have been dumped in vacant land between Saltwater and Burns Crescent at Corindi.

And despite an order from Coffs Harbour mayor, Cr Keith Rhoades, to remove the unwanted soil, residents are angry that nothing has been done.

Cr Rhoades said the developer was told to remove the material in December last year and again in late January. “The council are working vigilantly on behalf of the community to address their concerns,” he said.

Northern Beaches councillor John Arkan has been involved in the process and has received many complaints from residents.

“It shouldn’t be there, it is disgusting,” he said.

“The council has been following due process and has issued the developer with a 21-day order to remove it.”

Through consecutive stages of the Corindi development, the vacant land has been filled but many saw it as the final straw when the developer raised the level of the land during stage three developments last year.

Many watched in horror as dump truck after dump truck dropped tonnes of soil over a two-week period which was then levelled and rolled into enormous mounds.

After frantic emails and phone calls to council the residents were only able to have part of the mounds grassed to help stop erosion.

But it wasn’t enough to stop the run-off of water and mud that almost flooded one homeowner in a storm event earlier this month.

The home owner had just moved into his house and the enormous mound of earth had redirected the water straight into his property.

During the storm, the owner needed help from the SES to dig a trench to prevent being flooded out.



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