Murwillumbah resident Bruce Bryen.
Murwillumbah resident Bruce Bryen. Blainey Woodham

Excavator coming for drain work

AFTER 18 months of battling Tweed Shire Council over a blocked drain, Murwillumbah resident Bruce Bryen says gardens and trees are now dying from the constant inundation.

But the council still won’t take action, he says, arguing the drain concerned is on private property.

“It’s been going on for the past 18 months and it’s getting worse,” said the Countryside Drive homeowner.

“The drains just can’t handle the water.”

Mr Bryen said lower land at the bottom of Countryside Drive, which adjoins cane fields in Bray Park, fills up with water after rain.

“The council say they can’t handle it because it’s on private property,” he said.

“One neighbour has lost half his block under water all the time.

“It’s killing all the trees.

“The council doesn’t need a dam at Byrrill Creek – we’ve got one here.”

After the Tweed Daily News sought comment from the council, Mr Bryen said a council officer had contacted him and indicated the council would next week use an excavator to clear a blocked cane drain near Murwillumbah High School which may alleviate the problem.

However the council’s Director of Engineering and Operations Patrick Knight said drainage disputes on private land “are a legal issue to be resolved between the two parties”.

“Council is not in a position to intervene on these issues,” he said.

Mr Bryen said he had lived in the area for 30 years and “I’ve never seen it so bad”.

“It’s still as high as it was yesterday. It hasn’t dropped.”

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