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Depot site update

This photograph, supplied by Clarence Valley Council, shows brown silted water flowing from upstream of the depot site (on the right).

Works to prevent sediment leaving Clarence Valley Council’s (CVC) depot site at South Grafton were completed last Friday – before Saturday’s downpour.
The council civil and corporate director Troy Anderson said that an inspection was undertaken with NSW EPA (Environment Protection Authority), contractors Hutchinson Builders and CVC on Friday afternoon at 4pm.
“HB had undertaken works on the site throughout Friday to maintain existing [control devices] and provide additional erosion and sediment control (ESC) devices,” he said.
“The EPA advised that they were pleased with the works that had been done on site and it was important that Hutchison Builders continued to monitor the site and maintain the ESC devices as required.”
Mr Anderson said that Hutchison Builders had, over the weekend, monitored the site and attended to the ESC devices as required.
“Up to 7:15am this morning 173mm [of rain] had been recorded at the site,” he said.
He acknowledged community concerns about the brown silted water that had flooded Rushforth Park; however, he said not all of it had come from the depot site.
At the time of going to press, noon on Monday, he said he was “unaware if NSWEPA has taken any action toward the other properties”.