Flood debris river clean up on Mid North Coast biggest in state's history

Debris clogged the Hastings and Camden Haven rivers after the March flood.
Debris clogged the Hastings and Camden Haven rivers after the March flood.

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and contractors continue to work on the waterway flood waste clean-up across Port Macquarie-Hastings and the Camden Haven.

It's the largest clean-up of shorelines, wetlands and beaches in the state's history.

Specialist marine contractors, Varley Group and Avcon Projects Australasia, engaged by the EPA, are methodically removing flood debris.

The teams work first to remove debris that poses a significant risk to community safety.

Leading up to the work, the EPA used aerial surveillance and information from the public to locate waste and plan the massive task ahead.

So far in Port Macquarie-Hastings, the bulk of flood debris has been removed from the Camden Haven inlet (up to Watson Taylors Lake), Gogleys Lagoon and Dunbogan Beach.

These areas continue to be monitored for any storm debris still washing downstream. Contractors will be redeployed if further flood waste is identified, a council spokesperson said.

The next area of focus for the clean-up is the Hastings River.

"There has been a large variety of debris collected to date. Oyster infrastructure including large plastic blue barrels, piping and rack components have been some of the most prominent items collected in the area," the spokesperson said.

Public Works Advisory are working with the community to form a strategy for the clean-up of the area adjacent to River Street in Kendall.

Members of the community can help in the clean-up of their local area by reporting flood debris in local rivers and beaches to the Environment Line on 131 555 or info@epa.nsw.gov.au

For more information and updates about the clean-up visit the EPA website.

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