Geoff Davis, Mullumbimby.
At the meeting at the Mullum Ex Services on September 19, organised by the Mullumbimby Residents Association and the SES, a recurring theme was the state of our stormwater drains and dismay and frustration that there is no action or intention by Council to keep them clear.
In Mullumbimby we need a regular program of maintenance of this important part of our infrastructure. A cursory inspection shows sections of drains overgrown with grasses, weeds and bamboo. Keeping our waterways, stormwater drains and pipes in good order is an obvious step to take and will mitigate the impact of flood events. As a result of a dry winter, trees are shedding leaves and a great deal of organic material will find its way into the waterways when the rains arrive. The time to act is now.
The railway line is my other concern. During the March flood the water levels rose to the level of the railway lines. North of Woolworths, there is clear evidence of large amounts of ballast that has been swept from under the tracks to the eastern side. The culvert under the section of line opposite Mill Street has some time ago been sandbagged impeding water from flowing under the line to the eastern side of town. Who was responsible for this? The large open storm water drain on railway land on the western side and adjacent to the track was designed to divert storm water north towards the river. At the time of the March flood it was choked with advanced trees, weeds and a huge amount of dumped garbage. The recent flood levels in Station Street and elsewhere in Mullum have been significantly affected by the blocked culvert and the lack of maintenance of the vegetation along the railway corridor.