Wet underfoot: Des Roberts wants this muddy mess cleaned up at the Boronia Park carpark at Sawtell.
Wet underfoot: Des Roberts wants this muddy mess cleaned up at the Boronia Park carpark at Sawtell. Bruce Thomas

Man kicks up a stink over carpark

IT’S a stinking eyesore and Sawtell residents, like Des Roberts, are campaigning to have it cleaned up.

The popular Boronia Park carpark, a major access to the nearby Sawtell Beach and Bonville Creek, has turned into a smelly mudhole teeming with mosquitoes and other pests.

Mr Roberts says there’s a drain running under the road which pipes water into Bonville Creek but the drain is permanently blocked by sand coming from the nearby beach shower.

“It’s generally silting up and the water can’t get away,” said Mr Roberts, a long-time Sawtellian who uses the road several times daily.

“It’s been like that for the last 10 years and has become worse and worse and worse.

“I’ve been onto the council to do something there for 12 months but I’ve been getting nowhere.”

Mr Roberts said the boggy waterhole wasn’t a good look for Sawtell which was promoting itself as a tourist destination but, more importantly, locals were becoming increasingly angry about inaction.

The road pavement was also deteriorating because it was continually covered by water.

“They’ve got to put a drain in there. It should be dug out and filled with gravel at the very least,” he said.

“People come here on holidays and they can’t park there. It’s a disgrace.”

Coffs Harbour mayor Keith Rhoades said when Mr Roberts approached him about the issue he referred it to the council’s engineering department.

“It’s something that needs to be done. That water needs to be flowing freely,” Cr Rhoades said.



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