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$16million compo threat to flood prevention plan.

February 22, 2015

Just when you thought there was light at the end of the tunnel in the long- drawn-out saga of flood problems for properties along the Brownhill Keswick Creek, comes a legal warning that the bill could rise by anything up to $16million!!!

In a letter to the Mayor and CEOs of Adelaide, Burnside, Unley, Mitcham and West Torrens Councils, the legal firm of Duncan Basheer Hannon says that it has been retained by 37 residents whose properties have been identified as being potentially affected by creek capacity upgrade works. While the cost of acquisition of the easements has been put at just under $1.6million, the firm’s clients have engaged private valuers who say the figure is “wildly understated”.

The letter goes on:” It is our opinion, based upon the same valuation evidence so far provided, that the under-estimate is in the order of five to ten times the likely value of the land proposed to be acquired. On our calculations the total acquisition cost of the proposed easements is likely to be between $8million and $16million. To that needs to be added the additional costs associated with the acquisition as detailed in the acquisition estimates.

“We write at this time (January 16th) to encourage your newly elected Council to reflect on the wisdom of option D as the preferred method of flood mitigation”.

In figures provided to “Grumpy” by the Creek Class Action Steering Committee it is claimed that all the above could take the total bill for a solution to the long-drawn-out saga to over $50million, $6million more than the next best (worst?) figure.

And in the above-quoted legal advice it is warned that any  litigation and disputation could add even more to the final horrendous bill.

Meanwhile, in a letter to “Grumpy”, the steering committee of Brownhillsocket (Save Our Creek Environs Trees) says that the proposed action impacts on 174 properties, creates disharmony and extracts an unacceptable environmental price as hundreds of mature and irreplaceable trees are felled.

“Yes, Brownhill Creek may well be thorny. Perish the thought that Councils spend tens of millions of doillars and get it wrong (just for closure). Rather we should determine the engineering method that best serves  the community, stands the test of time, and becomes a worthy legacy”.

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