Long running concerns from locals will be eased with Council announcing that they will begin to remove dead trees and large branches from Coffs Creek.
According to the Coffs Harbour City Council, the State Government has given Council permission to remove dead trees and large branches currently creating a potential public hazard in Coffs Creek.
Work will begin on Thursday, December 13, to take advantage of a series of low tides.
Triple M first raised the issue in September with Council and the Department of Industry - Lands & Water, and told that "the Department of Industry - Lands and Water is aware of the concerns and will continue to work with Coffs Harbour City Council to maintain the creek".
After further follow up with the Department in November, Triple M were told that "The Department of Industry – Lands and Water does not routinely remove natural debris from waterways and has contacted Coffs Harbour City Council to confirm they will need to fund and complete the work".
They said that trees falling into waterways are an entirely natural process, and the trees often become vital protection for fish and other marine life.
Coffs Harbour City Council have sought a licence to undertake the works from the NSW Department of Industry Crown Land division and Solitary Islands Marine Park.
“Those approvals have now been received and, to make the most of this week’s low tides, we’ve scheduled the work for this Thursday and Friday, December 13 and 14. This will remove the hazard before the busy Christmas period and seasonal king tides”, Council said.