On Tuesday 7 December, as I was turning at what is known as Uncle Tom’s corner, the main road into Mullumbimby, and what did I see? A large flood sign. And oh yes, it was flooded!
Just before though, casting one’s eye to Everitt’s Creek, what does the eye see? Well, of course, just the same as has been for years now – that’s right – a creek totally blocked and full of massive head-high reeds.
Ah well, the water and floodwaters have to go somewhere; hence over the main road into Mullumbimby, blocking traffic going in or out. The same with the massive drainage area north of Brunswick Heads. Creeks and drains blocked, the river that was at New Brighton is now massively silted as it has been increasingly becoming for a number of years now.
The health status of this river now is a question that needs to be answered, as ‘it ain’t what it used to be’ and especially at low tide, with stinking, putrid mud, especially along the river banks opposite Casons Road and across from the shop.
The same with the South Arm of Brunswick River – a lost river there too at Brunswick Heads.
Five minutes from Billinudgel, Crabbes Creek is the same. Completely full of lantana, scrub, a huge mulberry tree, high reeds and an updated flood height measurement gauge that was changed some 12 months or so ago – but actually, nothing to do with cleaning an important waterway though.
What the eye can see.