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Brownhill Creek battle of words.

July 2, 2015

And still the battle of words rages. And why not? It’s only been more than ten years, give or take a century , since Unley and its four neighbouring councils rushed(!!) into the plan to solve the potential of wide-spread suburban flooding.

We have endured a  flurry of initials in the case for and against the BHKCSP, (The Brownhill Keswick  Creek Stormwater Project). (RAPAR, (Residents  Against the PAR) in 2004,  RESS (Residents for Effective Stormwater Solutions) in 2006?, the 2006 (HTBHKCRMFDP) Hydro Tasmania Brown Hill Keswick  Creek Flood Mitigation Flood Master Plan,  SOCKET, the BOM 2013 hydrology figures, the NRC (Natural Resources Committee) and all the rest of the alphabet ten times over.

Enough already!!!

Unhappily, as the whole shambles creaks to a climax, things get more and more complicated, but apparently vital.

The latest offering, which just happens to be the alleged solution I favour …a dam.. runs to ten compact foolscap pages. So there is NO way that Grumpy is going to be able to do more than skim the surface of the terminally trouble waters.

In a letter to all the the mayors, councillors and CEOs of the Adelaide,  Burnside,Mitcham, Unley and West Torrens Councils, plus assorted Members of Parliament, Unley resident and pro-dam campaigner Mrs Joan Bowes asks if people realise just how worried potential flood victims are.

“Those of us living beside the creek have been living in this  uncertain situation for over 11 years since the first   crazy proposal to sterilise 10 metres of our properties on both sides of the creek. Not only do we face the prospect of flooding, but we never know when there will be another change of plan and everyone goes back to the drawing board”.

Among the 10 questions posed by her are:

“Why did the committee go ahead with their plan using the 2013 hydrology, despite advice from the Principal Stormwater Engineer of the DPTI?

“Why were the claims by a noisy small lobby group that a dam would result in the mass destruction of Brownhill Creek Reserve not refuted right from the beginning?.

“In the latest ‘consultation’, why have proper principles been abandoned in which all options are presented for consideration by ratepayers without any bias or recommendations?”

“Why has the project committee ignored correspondence pointing out their preferred  Option D (no dam) is, in reality, the most expensive option?”

“How can residents, who will have to pay many millions of dollars for a final flood mitigation solution, have faith in a plan written by a committee of members seemingly desperate to conclude what has become an extremely fraught project dragging on for many years?”

For more information, contact Box 317 at Unley Post Office.



4 Comments leave one →
  1. Ian S permalink
    July 3, 2015 8:21 am

    The Netherlands solved their problems by building Dykes. Queenslanders solved their problems by modifying the building codes to require the building of Queenslander homes in these areas. WA required that houses be built on elevated islands in flood prone areas.

    It’s a bit like building next to an airport then complaining about the noise all the while expecting the local Government to make it all magically go away.


    • July 6, 2015 3:33 pm

      Too right. All the noise is coming from the creek dwellers.
      Maybe the solution is to do nothing.
      Let the locals sort out their problem.


  2. Brenton permalink
    July 6, 2015 3:30 pm

    Please don’t support the dam.
    It will ruin that upper recreation area.


    • cllrmikehudson permalink*
      July 6, 2015 5:54 pm

      Sorry, Brenton and others.
      I will continue to give my support to the push for a dam, and believe that I would be in the majority in Council on this… The projected down-stream devastation of the natural habitat through the suburbs will be an ecological and visual disaster.
      I am certainly not alone on Unley Council in this view, and I think that you will be surprised at the support I am getting. Frankly, though, I think it will be some years before anything is actually done.
      Can you or anyone else remember the look of the gully before the establishment of the caravan park…not in my humble opinion a thing of great natural beauty!!!!


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