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Flood affected locals need

sandbag collection point

Member for The Entrance, David Mehan, has written to the Minister for Emergency Services, the Hon Steph Cooke and Central Coast Council requesting that a sandbag collection point be located at Council’s Long Jetty Depot at Bateau Bay.

L-R: Peter McDougall, Member for The Entrance, David Mehan and Louise McDougall.

15 March 2022

 

MR. MEHAN’S request for a sandbag collection point comes from conversations he has had with residents living in the suburbs of The Entrance, The Entrance North, Killarney Vale and Long Jetty.  Mr Mehan spoke with Peter and Louise McDougall of Killarney Vale regarding the lack of a sandbag pick up point close to where they live.

 

The most recent flooding event saw residents, like Mr. and Mrs. McDougall, again inundated with rising flood waters around the Tuggerah Lakes. While the SES should be commended for its efforts in providing vital assistance, the only available locations to source sandbags currently are Wyong, Erina and Chittaway Bay. All of the routes to reach these destinations are unfortunately prone to flooding and a significant way from those suburbs whom are directly affected.

 

“Residents trying to protect their homes have limited travel options, and are heeding to the ‘stay at home warnings’, it would seem a sensible option having something more local and central, such as at Long Jetty,” Mr. Mehan said.

 

“Unexpected weather events are becoming more prevalent. Having local options to assist local residents is a priority.

 

“The Entrance electorate has no sandbag point. This seems strange as The Entrance electorate is regularly impacted by flooding around Tuggerah Lake.”

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