Creek wa­ter level caus­ing a stink among res­i­dents

The Northern Star - - NEWS -

THE height and smell of the wa­ter in Tal­low Creek at Suf­folk Park has been caus­ing prob­lems for nearby res­i­dents.

By­ron Shire Coun­cil posted on its Face­book site it was aware of the is­sues, but said it was un­able to take any ac­tion un­til the wa­ter level in­creased.

The coun­cil said it had a per­mit from the NSW Na­tional Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice to open the mouth of Tal­low Creek to the ocean when wa­ter lev­els ex­ceeded 2.2m. Cur­rently the level is 2.15m.

It said the beach berm at Tal­low Creek had re­cently been sur­veyed at 2.23m, so the creek would nat­u­rally breach it­self once the wa­ter level ex­ceeded 2.2m.

The coun­cil said it un­der­stood some res­i­dents would like the work to be per­formed im­me­di­ately but un­for­tu­nately the per­mit re­quire­ments meant it was legally un­able to un­der­take the open­ing of the creek un­til there was a rise in the wa­ter lev­els above the trig­ger.

Staff are mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion closely.

Nearby res­i­dent He­len Brown said on the Face­book post: “Un­for­tu­nately for res­i­dents who live fur­ther south of the bridge the wa­ter is flood­ing their gar­dens and has done so for the last few weeks.”

She said the wa­ter was smelly and cov­ered the bike track over the bridge, forc­ing school chil­dren to “use the dan­ger­ous route along Bro­ken Head Rd”.

Robert Sampi­mon sug­gested the wa­ter level per­mit needed to be low­ered.

Ge­off Bens­ley said he and oth­ers would swim in the creek in the late 1960s and early 1970s un­til the “sewage treat­ment plant was in­stalled and that stopped our fun”.

PHOTO: BY­RON SHIRE COUN­CIL’S FACE­BOOK SITE

ON THE NOSE: Res­i­dents are con­cerned by the rise – and smell – of Tal­low Creek at Suf­folk Park.

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