Lake Macquarie councillors recommended neglected Scrubby Creek be routinely maintained back in 2009.

Neglected: Greg and Susan Foster are frustrated Lake Macquarie City Council did not regularly maintain the creek that regularly floods their property. Picture: Marina Neil.

Neglected: Greg and Susan Foster are frustrated Lake Macquarie City Council did not regularly maintain the creek that regularly floods their property. Picture: Marina Neil.

RESIDENTS living near a neglected creek in Lake Macquarie are frustrated that recommendations to the local council to have it maintained and cleared years ago had been ignored.

Complaints about the state of Scrubby Creek in Mount Hutton and Windale in 2009 prompted councillors to recommend Lake Macquarie City Council add the waterway to its routine drainage maintenance schedule for regular inspection and clearing.

In the council’s meeting agenda for November 23, 2009, councillors Garry Edwards and the recently elected mayor Kay Fraser recommended the council-owned section of Scrubby Creek and neighbouring properties be inspected and maintained more frequently.

The meeting notes say that councillors and council officers examined the creek, and noted that at the time of inspection, a maintenance crew were clearing and removing the build up of debris and silt from the creek.

“This section of Scrubby Creek is not listed on Council’s routine drainage maintenance schedule for regular inspection and clearing,” the notes say. “It is recommended that this council-owned section of Scrubby Creek and neighbouring properties be inspected and maintained on a more frequent basis.”

But Susan Foster, whose neighbouring property regularly floods due to ongoing issues with the blocked creek, said given its history and current state, she was not convinced the council was capable of keeping the creek maintained.

A Lake Macquarie City Council spokeswoman said they were working with the public and private owners of land along the length of Scrubby Creek to address any concerns and ensure the creek was routinely inspected and maintained.

She said council had completed on-ground maintenance and bush regeneration works, and removed some blockages including a mattress and shopping trolleys to improve water flow. The council had also applied to the Commonwealth’s Green Army program to have a Green Army team maintain and rehabilitate Scrubby Creek. If the application was successful, the work could begin early 2017.

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