From left: Jen Worthington, Clive and Jean Berry, Barry and Ruth Lawrence, Kym Trotter and Jack Hockey at the dry pond at Seabreeze Estate, Pottsville. Photo: John Gass / Daily News
From left: Jen Worthington, Clive and Jean Berry, Barry and Ruth Lawrence, Kym Trotter and Jack Hockey at the dry pond at Seabreeze Estate, Pottsville. Photo: John Gass / Daily News John Gass

Outrage in dry argument

SEABREEZE residents are outraged that the Tweed Shire Council has let a pond run dry that was once a valuable asset for the community.

Ruth and Barry Lawrence are two residents who want answers from the council on its decision.

"It a fabulous feature used by all the community here," Mr Lawrence said.

"I had rung through to the council and the general manager and am waiting for a call back.

"It (the pond) has become a rubbish tip and a health hazard."

Mr Lawrence said the couple went away for a two-week holiday and returned about 10 days ago to notice the level of the pond was down.

"There was no consultation… no notice put up," he said.

Another resident, Jen Worthington, said the area around the pond used to be a "playground".

"It's part of our community here," she said.

Ms Worthington said initially the residents thought it was being drained for cleaning but inquiries revealed it was not to be refilled.

"It (water level) has dropped dramatically," she said.

The drop in the water level has caused the water to become stagnate and revealing rubbish such as wheels and plant pot discarded in the pond.

Mr Lawrence said without an adequate response from the council further action would be taken.

The council's recreation services manager Stewart Brawley said the Tweed's climate is characterised by wet and dry periods.

"We are currently experiencing a short dry period after a number of wet years and residents would not be familiar with the low water levels they are currently seeing in the pond," Mr Lawrence said.

"Under council's Demand Management program, one of the key actions is targeting Council's water use in public spaces, with the aim of moving away from topping up water features such as the small pond at Seabreeze.

"These demand management initiatives reflect more up-to-date practices than were in place when the Seabreeze estate was first approved.

"Council is considering options for maintenance of the lake however it's reluctant to top up the water feature at this stage as it is not considered sustainable to regularly fill it with town water.

"One of the options would be to reshape the pond to create stream during wet periods and a dry creek bed when dry, surrounded by appropriate landscaping."

A council spokeswoman said the pond would be filled again but a refill program was not planned.



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