Kerry Gray, Mullumbimby
A few days ago I inspected the stormwater drains down McGoughans Lane – the section between Burringbar and Fern streets and found that water was flowing the wrong way, pipes laid in some of the sections of open drains are 80–90 per cent blocked, preventing water to continue across Burringbar (main) Street and make its escape to the river (Heritage Park). This is now causing run-off to pool at the Fern Street end of the lane. This was quite clear during ex-Cyclone Debbie in 2017.
Additional housing developments with several new roofs and concreted yards on properties adjacent to McGoughans Lane are now significantly increasing the run-off. As a ratepayer over 30 years in the Byron Shire I demand Byron Council maintain the open storm drains in the CBD on a more frequent basis. Further, I would like to see an open response from BSC’s town planners to show the consideration given, if any, for the impact on local flooding when approving of new developments on the floodplains.