Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Dump Charge Adds to Flooding Devastation

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Dump Charge Adds to Flooding Devastation

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Byline: BELINDA SCOTT belinda.scott@coffscoastadvocate.com.au

SPLIT Solitary Caravan Park manager Shane Dunlop was not happy when he was charged $355 for taking two truck loads of sopping carpets and furnishings from flood-soaked cabins to the Coffs Coast Waste Management Centre.

Staff at the Englands Road centre told him the council was not offering free dumping of storm-damaged goods.

"I felt like I was dumping water," Mr Dunlop said.

After he complained to Coffs Harbour City Council, council staff told him to dump his flood-damaged goods in one spot and they would pick it up.

They also said they would see if he could be reimbursed for his tipping costs but did not hold out much hope.

Six of the caravan park's cabins were inundated in Friday night's storm with water 1.1m deep in sections of the park by 8.30pm on Friday.

Tourist caravans were hauled to high ground by 6pm, several visitors had to be turned away and by 8.30pm the park was under water. …

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