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Severe weather clean-up continues

By Central Coast Council
Posted: 30 Mar 2021
Floating mattress at Toowoon Bay Beach. Photo: Matt Bendt
Central Coast Council is continuing a major clean-up effort to restore the Coast's roads, waterways and foreshores following the recent severe weather event.

Over the weekend Council crews collected more than 615 tonnes of seaweed from Terrigal Haven Beach and 87 tonnes of dry seagrass wrack from around 1.6kms of Tuggerah Lakes foreshore.

Council Acting Chief Executive Officer Rik Hart said he was appreciative to see how the community has come together to support Council's clean up.

"We all know that natural materials - especially seagrass and seaweed - wash up on our foreshores after these events," Mr Hart said.

"Over the weekend we received many reports from community groups and members who had noticed debris washing up on our beaches, in some cases they have worked together to safely move these items up away from the water, ready for us to collect.

"In other cases, the items were too large or dangerous to move and the community alerted us to the location of these objects. By doing this, they have made it much easier for us to know where the hot spots are, and I want to thank them for taking the time to alert us to these issues.

"The damage to our local roads has been much worse than we have seen before and our crews have been hard at work to prioritise the safety of our road users. Since last Saturday, Council has completed significant road repairs at Kulnura, Terrigal and Umina Beach and repaired more than 2,600 potholes across our road networks.

"We understand there are many residents still cleaning up as well. Residents can place seagrass and vegetation debris in a safe location next to access roads or pathways within foreshore reserves, or the kerbside outside of their property and we will come and collect it.

"Resident may also book a bulk collection through Council's contractor Cleanaway to remove flood affected waste or take to their local waste management facility for a reduced fee.

"While we will continue to work across the Coast, I would encourage the community to keep letting us know when you see something that needs our attention. Be it debris on our beaches, a pothole that needs our attention or some other storm damage, you are our eyes and ears and we can only fix it if we know it's there."

Mr Hart reminded the community that swimming was still not recommended at local beaches, ocean baths and estuarine swimming sites.

"Please continue to stay out of the water - our beaches remain closed until at least tomorrow as we continue to monitor the water quality after such a significant rainfall event."

To book a seagrass collection, residents can contact Council on 1300 463 954 or Book online though the "Report an Issue" button on the homepage of Council's website.

Floating mattress at Toowoon Bay Beach. Photo: Matt Bendt
 
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