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Brownhill Creek on tomorrow evening’s Burnside Council meeting.

September 7, 2015

It is likely to be an interesting vote at the Burnside Town Hall tomorrow night when the burghers of that fair city decide on what THEY want to happen to the flood-prone residents of the City of Unley in the event of a one-in-one-hundred year deluge from Brown Hill and Keswick Creek.

Burnside is just one of the five Councils (the others are Unley, West Torrens, Adelaide and Mitcham) who have the fate of  the creek-side dwellers to consider. Is it to be a transformation of the creek into a site for concrete culverts, new bridges, etc., or is the  way to go a different way to go, perhaps with a retention dam across the upper reaches of the Brown Hill .Creek?.

Grumpy can’t even begin to cover the whole long-drawn-out dilemma, and can only say that he has persistently come down on the side of a dam, a solution that would preserve not only the sylvan  nature of the watercourse through Unley, but could bring about a  bonus in the form of valuable water conservation. The opposite of which is to speed up the way in which  the creek sends a precious water resource rushing out to sea.

I cannot, of course, predict how Unley Councillors will  vote when they have THEIR go at the matter on September 14th, but …


3 Comments leave one →
  1. James permalink
    September 8, 2015 1:43 am

    Grumpy your comments are interesting. In your blog you state that a dam ‘could bring about a bonus in the form of valuable water conservation’. This is interesting. I was under the impression that to store water in any of the dams proposed to be built along Brownhill Creek or Ellison’s Creek there would need to be taller, stronger and higher dams constructed and therefore be at much much greater cost to the Councils and community. I understand that dams like this have been ruled out by everyone connected with the Plan.

    Would you be able to point me to the relevant section of any of the documents that reflect your statement. I am perplexed as to where this idea has come from and who is pushing this change of plan at this late stage.

    Perhaps though it’s just part of the false information that is being floated in the lead up to a vote.


    • cllrmikehudson permalink*
      September 8, 2015 9:33 am

      I believe that we can harvest the water (partially) by building a dam…which I have always supported.
      I have no information about your assertion regarding the additional work that would be needed to achieve this, which is why some of us want the matter investigated further. As to who initiated the harvesting issue, I suggest that you contact Councillor Michael Hewitson.
      I don’t agree with your assertion that the dam idea has been “ruled out” by everyone connected with the dam.
      Perhaps that’s just part of the false information that is being floated in the lead up to the vote.


  2. James permalink
    September 8, 2015 1:31 pm

    Building a ‘real’ dam in Brownhill Creek was dismissed earlier in the process Mike. That is why it wasn’t an option that went out to public consultation.

    The costs escalate dramatically the higher a dam wall goes when you hold water in it permanently. The structure of a dam changes, the silting problems escalate, the on-going maintenance problems escalate, the effects on the environment escalate dramatically. Permanently flooding large parcels of land change the eco-system of an area.

    Your CEO and the Director of the Project would be able to advise you further on this. It seems a pity people are only looking at what is achievable and what isn’t late in the whole process. It has all been exhaustively considered before.


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