Creek water level causing a stink among residents
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”.
ON THE NOSE: Residents are concerned by the rise – and smell – of Tallow Creek at Suffolk Park.