Land slip on Scenic Drive.
Land slip on Scenic Drive. John Gass

Dispute over landslip brews between residents and council

THE land slip which occurred on Scenic Dr, Bilambil Heights, in February this year still has a driveway hanging precariously over the slip.

The Tweed Council initially stabilised the site and repaired the piping and plumbing.

At the time residents Joe Takave and Jonene Doull told the they didn't hear the land slip but heard the excavators cleaning up the next morning.

"We have just retained Attwood Marshall Lawyers at Coolangatta who are preparing a letter for Tweed Shire Council and also the residents who share the right of carriageway (driveway) that has been affected. No work has been conducted to date except for temporary pipes from TSC," a resident spokesperson said.

"It has been very stressful and has cost us allot of money so far including lawyer fees, safety fence hire, geotechnical report etc. As residents we are very worried about the safety of the driveway as it is the only access to our properties.

"We are also worried about the safety of road users and pedestrians from further slips and large boulders rolling down the hill. At present we believe that our homes are safe."

"TSC (Tweed Shire Council) have written one letter in the five month period asking when work will be completed. They have offered no assistance so far except for temporary pipes." 

Tweed Shire Council said the slip was on private land.

"Council has requested the owner to provide progress on the restoration as council is paying for the hire of the barriers on the road at this stage. There were no repairs by council," a Tweed Shire Council spokesperson said.

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