Creek is blocked up again

His­tory re­peat­ing it­self

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS WELCOME - Ais­ling Bren­nan ais­ling.bren­nan@tweed­dai­lynews.com.au

FOR weeks res­i­dents have been com­plain­ing on so­cial me­dia the en­trance of Mooball Creek is con­stantly blocked up by sand.

While Tweed Shire Coun­cil works on solv­ing the prob­lem, some com­mu­nity mem­bers have sug­gested get­ting their own shov­els out of the shed to dig out the sand. But this isn’t the first time res­i­dents have taken mat­ters into their own hands to im­prove Mooball Creek.

In late Jan­uary 1930, about a dozen men from Mooball ar­rived with shov­els at Potts Point to cut a chan­nel from the creek to the sea.

Spring tides com­bined with a strong east­erly wind frus­trated their ef­forts and the fol­low­ing day an­other un­suc­cess­ful at­tempt was made to cut the pro­posed new chan­nel about half a mile from the old en­trance.

Af­ter two at­tempts failed for want of suf­fi­cient man­power, the third at­tempt suc­ceeded be­cause the chan­nel cut was nar­rower and nearer the old en­trance.

Tidal wa­ter was again flow­ing into the creek tak­ing with it schools of whit­ing, bream and flat­head for the an­glers who were look­ing for­ward to a bet­ter year than the one just ended.

See Wed­nes­day’s edi­tion of Tweed Daily News for full cov­er­age of the Mooball Creek project.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

WORRY: The Mooball Creek mouth is cur­rently blocked with sand.

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