Stinky creek anger

RESIDENTS at the Northern Star Holiday Resort at Hastings Point are worried a putrid creek will cause them to get sick.

Park resident Ron Jerrett said the creek became rotten after workers did maintenance on the creek two months ago and left the cuttings in the creek bed.

But Mr Jerrett said the creek, which was no longer tidal, had been sick for some time, following a fish kill before Christmas. The creek is not the caravan park's responsibility, because it is outside the boundary, but eight dwellings run alongside.

Mr Jerrett said he had had enough and wanted the creek fixed.

"It is green half way up the creek, a slimy green," Mr Jerrett said.

"You get a smell from it now, wait till the heat hits in and the mosquitoes, it is going to be real bad."

"I'm just fed up with it. It shouldn't be like this."

Yesterday afternoon, the Tweed Daily News was not able to find out what organisation was responsible for the creek.

A National Parks and Wildlife spokesman said the creek was the Tweed Shre Council's responsibility, as it was not in the Cudgen Nature Reserve.

A Council representative yesterday said he wasn't aware of the creek and didn't think it was council's responsibility, but said he would make further enquiries.

Mr Jerrett, who has lived with his wife Margaret in the park for two years, said the creek used to be healthy.

"They kept it quite good years ago, but it has just deteriorated," Mr Jerrett said.

He thought the creek could make residents sick.

"It is starting to smell rotten and to look at it is absolutely shocking.

"We love it here. We don't want to get sick from something that can be looked into and cleaned up."

Mr Jerrett said the creek did look marginally better after recent rain, but was still not good enough.

"I want to get the message to those responsible and it might shock them into doing something," Mr Jerrett said.

"It is just a thing that shouldn't happen."

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