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The unholy trinity

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Flooding, drainage, construction – the unholy trinity.

Mr Holloway declined to answer questions by The Echo regarding drain maintenance, then diverted onto commenting about the unprecedented natural disaster. That’s a separate issue.

We experience floods on a regular basis. Notably 2017 when levels were the highest experienced in this area over my 80 years.

The Council inquiry recommended clearing drains, Saltwater Creek and the Brunswick River to allow egress of water around town. No work was done. Why?

So, it’s pointless reporting that Council’s budget has been expended, as it’s not a matter of how much is spent, but how much work was done.

He further reports that our drainage system is not designed, nor has the capacity, to manage flows above minor flood events. Engineer James Flockton reported this following the 2017 flood.

Then why is Council continuing, in full knowledge of potential danger, to put over a metre of fill in a floodplain, place 60 more buildings on it, then 30 units on top of a car park on Station Street? Why?

Until the mayor and general manager are held accountable for this dangerous, irresponsible decision-making, using our money, they will continue building on inadequate infrastructure, putting our existing homes at increased risk.

Marlene Crompton, Mullumbimby


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